Chile 1802-So JJ 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 488
This specimen was lot 488 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 725 euro (about US$1,150 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1802. Santiago. JJ. 8 reales. Rara y más así. EBC-/EBC. (eight reales of 1802, Santiago mint. Rare, extremely fine.)"
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. The assayer JJ appears for 1802 only, along with an 1802/1 overdate.

Recorded mintage: 160,000.

Specification: 27.07 grams, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-13937, Cal. 752, KM 51.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.
  • 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.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Raymond, Wayte, The Silver Dollars of North and South America, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1964.

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