Chile 1858-So peso

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photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg

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. 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 such as the one shown. This specimen was lot 2533 in Goldberg sale 34 (Beverly Hills, February 2006), where it sold for $325. The catalog description[1] noted, "Chile. Peso, 1858-So JS. Condor holding shield to the right. Lightly cleaned and toned. Very scarce date. Extremely Fine." In compensation, the succeeding type with the upright condor (KM 142.1), struck 1867-91, is very common.

Recorded mintage: 51,000.

Catalog reference: Eliz-109; KM 129.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .7234 troy oz ASW.

Source:

  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 34: the pre-Long Beach sale, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2006.
  • 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.

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