Chile 2003-So 500 pesos
The specimen shown is an example of a bi-metallic 500 pesos struck in Santiago, Chile, from 2000 onward. 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. The obverse displays a portrait of Cardinal Raul Silva Henriquez, who served as archbishop of Santiago from 1961 to 1983.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.5 g, bi-metallic, aluminum-bronze center in copper-nickel ring, 26 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 235.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-2010, 4th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2009.