Chile 1794-So DA 8 reales
This specimen was lot 1329 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $15,730. The catalog description noted, "CHILE, Colonial. Carlos IV. King of Spain, 1788-1808. AR 8 Reales. Santiago mint. Domingo Eizaguirre and Augustin de Infante y Prado, assayers. Dated 1794 So DA. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Superb lightly toned gem uncirculated with fully lustrous surfaces. Only two 8 Reales of Chile have been graded MS 65 – both are in this sale. Of the highest rarity in this grade. Purchased from B. A. Seaby, December 1978." Despite what seems to be a fairly substantial recorded mintage and nearly continuous production during 1791-1808, Santiago portrait eight reales of Charles IV are scarce though not rare like the earlier bust eight reales of Charles III. Many can be found as the undertype of Brazilian 960 réis of 1810-26. Assayer DA is recorded for 1773-99.
Recorded mintage: 161,000.
Specifications: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW, this specimen Ø39 mm, 26.96 g, 12h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 51.
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