Chile 1849-So ML 8 reales

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This coin was lot 9248 in Ponterio sale 150 (Los Angeles, August 2009), where it sold for $5,060. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHILE. 8 Reales, 1849-ML. RARE in this grade. Attractive CHOICE UNCIRCULATED." The type was struck in Santiago, Chile in 1837-40 (KM 96.1) and 1848-49 (KM 96.2). The attractive condor design, which superseded the famous volcano peso, puts this South American crown in high demand.

Recorded mintage: Unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .900 fine silver, .785 troy oz ASW, 38.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-96.2; El-103.


  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 150: The 2009 Los Angeles ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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