Chile, 1 peso, 1954

This one is different. No Chilean coins have been Coin of the Day before.

Chile, 1 peso, 1954 (KM #179a)

The obverse depicts Bernardo O’Higgins, the man of Spanish and Irish heritage that became a principal figure in Chile’s push for independence, Chile’s own George Washington. The reverse shows Chile’s national flower, the Copihue (lapageria rosea). 1954 was the debut of this coin type, replacing the 1942-1954 bronze peso, and it was only minted until 1958, prior to Chile’s replacement of the old peso with the escudo in 1960, making this coin worthless today. O’Higgins, however, still graces all Chilean coins to this day.

Mintage is 43,550,000
Metal Aluminum
Weight 2 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 1.75 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment
Demonetized 01-01-1960


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