Chile 1803-So FJ 2 reales

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Heritage sale 410, lot 16410
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen is one of a series struck 1792-1808 in Santiago, Chile, during the reign of Charles IV. It was lot 16410 in Heritage sale 410 (Long Beach, June 2006), where it sold for $920. The catalog description[1] noted, "Carlos IIII 2 Reales 1803FJ-So, MS64 NGC, a superb coin with light gray patina and flashes of gold in the legends, very bold details and undeniable eye appeal. Certainly very few coins of this era have been certified this high." The opening of an enlarged Casa de Moneda in 1805 allowed the increase in mintages and this type is not rare. This specimen is from the Whittier collection, sold by Heritage in 2006. An overassayer, FJ/JJ, is recorded for the date.

Recorded mintage: 25,000.

Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 59.


  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 410: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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