Chile 1791-So DA 4 reales

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 23801
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This specimen was lot 23801 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $13,800. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Carlos IV 4 Reales 1791/0-DA, MS63 NGC Tarapaca Collection, a stunning coin with full mint brilliance, boldly defined details and iridescent gray and gold patina. Transitional type featuring the bust of Carlos III. One of the most spectacular Spanish colonial coins we have ever encountered and a centerpiece to any collection of Chile, Latin America or world Half Dollars. Ex: Garcia Collection and Emilio Ortiz, UBS 1991, lot 294. From The Tarapaca Collection of Chilean Coins."
This type was issued from Santiago 1790-91 and is rare.

Recorded mintage: 6,000.

Specification: 13.54 g, .896 fine silver, .390 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-13711, KM 38.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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