Chile 1840-So IJ 8 reales
This eight reales was minted in Santiago, Chile, in 1840. It is a scarce and popular type coin and the 1849 issue is the last eight reales struck in Chile. This is a rare date; most collectors content themselves with an 1839, much more available. Issues from 1853 and later were pesos, struck to the 25 g metric standard. The 1848-49 eight reales is slightly lighter (26.6 g) and smaller in diameter and is accorded a different catalog number (KM 96.2).
Recorded mintage: 4,556.
Specification: 26.7 g, .902 fine silver, .774 troy oz ASW, 39 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 96.1.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 106: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2018.