Chile 1996 5 pesos
The specimen shown is an example of a type struck in Santiago, Chile, since 1993. In 1960, the peso was dropped in favor of the escudo, with 1 escudo = 1000 pesos. The escudo itself was abandoned in 1975 for a return to the peso, with 1 new peso = 100 escudos. This design replaced a slightly different version of 1990-92 (KM 229) which was round. The effigy of Bernardo O'Higgins, hero of the struggle for independence, was first used on copper pesos of the 1940's.
Recorded mintage: unknown but common in all grades.
Specification: 2.16 g, Aluminum-Bronze, 16.02 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 232.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.