Chile 1854-So peso

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Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 3358
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This specimen was lot 3358 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $317.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHILE. Peso, 1854. NGC EF Details--Polished." This specimen was one of a series struck 1853-62 in Santiago, Chile. It is the first peso struck in Chile to the metric standard. The silver minors, such as the decimo, featured a different condor with outstretched wings. This type is much scarcer than the mintage would indicate and usually sells for a premium over the catalog value. Nice, original specimens are very rare. In compensation, the succeeding type with the upright condor (KM 142.1), struck 1867-91, is very common.

Recorded mintage: 567,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, edge reeded.

Catalog reference: KM-129.


  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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