Chile 1801-So AJ 8 reales
This specimen was lot 39072 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Mintage of 185,000 with few surviving examples. As Spanish Colonial coinage goes, Chile never was a large producer of silver coinage, with mintages often so small from the Santiago Mint that any coin located today is a real cause for celebration. The example offered here is no exception, especially in this exalted high grade. Clear portrait and loads of residual luster under medium gray tone. A coin you will not [want] to miss out on." 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.
Recorded mintage: 185,000.
Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-13928, KM 51, Cal. 748.
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