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Chile 20 Centavos, 50 Centavos and 1 Peso  1862 to 1891
Chile 20 Centavos, 50 Centavos and 1 Peso 1862 to 1891

Nice coin, jmjkks. That's a big old condor, a bird you see on most Chilean coins. The peso contains 0.7234 troy ounces of silver, so that makes it valuable from the get-go. Look up the current value of silver at kitco.com, multiply it by 0.7234, and that is the basic value of jmjkks's coin. The 20 and 50 centavos pieces carry the same design and the silver content is proportionately less. There are 100 centavos in one peso.

There are similar designs for Chilean coins, but this page applies to coins with the condor and feathered shield designs shown in our photo.

In addition to basic silver value, there is collector value added to these coins. Here is what the catalogs quote for just about every date in these series of coins, except as noted:

20 CENTAVOS
worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $6
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $70
20 centavos dated 1879 are more rare and catalog for $150 in average circulated condition

50 CENTAVOS
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $25
well preserved: $70
fully uncirculated: $300
50 centavos dated 1867 are more rare and catalog for $90 in average circulated condition

PESO
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculated: $140
pesos dated 1887 are very rare and catalog for $750 in average circulated condition
pesos dated 1891 are rare and catalog for $300 in average circulated condition

These are approximate catalog values. Use our Important Terminology page to convert them to actual values.

Coin: 5279 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: jmjkks, Sat, 21-Aug-2010 22:58:17 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 04-Aug-2012 18:05:23 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Thu, 28-Jul-2016 21:34:32 GMT
Requester description: 1882 POR LA RAZON O LA FUERZA over bird standing on 1 foot other foot grasping an oval plate with a scroll in the center surrounded by 15 stars. With 2 stars on either side of 1882. Bird is holding a snake maybe in its mouth. On the back the words REPUBLICA DE CHILE and UN PESO. A shield with a star in the middle and 3 plants or lilys coming out of the top. Other plants tied at the bottom.
Tags: chile 20 centavos centavo 50 1 peso centanos centaos por razon fuerza bird standing stand foot grasping grasp oval plate scroll center offcenter 15 stars star 2 snake mouth republica republic un shield 3 plants plant lilys flower tied tie stands oblong elliptic ellipse ovals plated unplated scrollwork scrolwork scolled scrolls scrolled off offset certer centre centers centered starrs repub repbulique republik republ republican republicas republicia reipvblicae republiove republiek repvbliqve republique repvbblica republika rebublique repvblica republicans repvblique vna uno una vn arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon planting vegetation florets blossom fler fleurs lises petals leis lisse flowerettes flur stems trefoils floral lily petels orchid lis posy bouquet flowers flour orcid bud lilly fleur lei petal bloomed trefoil floret floer stem flowery fluer fleures pedals condor eagle feathers feather eaglets egals egal eagles eagel fether quill feathering fethers wreath wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths

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