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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
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 24-Jul-2014 17:50:44 GMT
Requester description: 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 centavo centavow centanos centaos centavos 50 1 peso condor eagle star starrs stars feather feathers feathering fethers shield wreath coat arms coats crests insignia crest creast por la razon fuerza over bird stand standing foot grasp grasping an oval ovals plate scroll offcenter off center centers centered 15 2 snake mouth republic repub repbulique republik repcblique republicas reipvblicae repubblica reublico republiove republiek repvbliqve republica republique rupublica repvbblica republika replucique rebublique repvblica replublica republka repvblique repbublic de un 3 plant planting vegetation plants flower blossom fler fleurs leis lisse flur folwers stems floral lily posy bouquet flowers flour fllower bud fleur bloomed floret floer stem flowery lilys fluer fleures pedals tie tied

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