Chile 1883-So Peso Flat Top 3

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photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This coin was lot 9251 in Ponterio sale 150 (Los Angeles, August 2009), where it sold for $1035. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHILE. Peso, 1883. Flat top '3.' Coin alignment. Minted in 1925-26 and most were melted down in 1927. VERY SCARCE. Dipped, prooflike BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED." The regular 1883 issue, with a mintage of 1,397,000, has a round top 3 and is common.

Recorded mintage: 149,000 with most melted down as noted above.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 142.3.

Source:

  • 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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