Chile 1854-So peso
This specimen was lot 3358 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $317.25. The catalog description noted, "CHILE. Peso, 1854. NGC EF Details--Polished." This specimen was one of a series struck 1853-62 in Santiago, Chile. It is the first peso struck in Chile to the metric standard. The silver minors, such as the decimo, featured a different condor with outstretched wings. This type is much scarcer than the mintage would indicate and usually sells for a premium over the catalog value. Nice, original specimens are very rare. In compensation, the succeeding type with the upright condor (KM 142.1), struck 1867-91, is very common.
Recorded mintage: 567,000.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, edge reeded.
Catalog reference: KM-129.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.