Chile 1818-So FD 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 1366 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $3450. The catalog description noted, "1818 FD 8 escudos. Santiago mint. MS-62 (NGC). Radiant sun over mountains in wreath, legends around/crossed flags and monument in wreath, legends around. Warm yellow gold surfaces with soft orange gold overtones and reflectivity in the fields. Beautifully struck and very attractive overall. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type was struck in Chile 1818-34 in moderate quantities but increased demand has made this coin expensive. The date is recorded in two varieties, with "CONSTIT" or "CONSTITU" (shown here) in the obverse legend.
Recorded mintage: 29,000 (both varieties).
Specification: 27 g, .875 fine gold, .760 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 26.97 grams, 37.60 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 84, Fr-33, Calico Onza-1607.
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