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Chile 1875-1876 "NM", 1877 "M" peso??

realeswatcherrealeswatcher Posts: 338 ✭✭✭
edited January 26, 2024 1:12PM in World & Ancient Coins Forum

Question came up on another board - these designations are noted along with "plain" types for those years of the Chilean peso. Can anyone explain the meaning/distinction/distinguishing marks?



  • ELuisELuis Posts: 758 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 26, 2024 4:58PM

    Nicolas Meneses - He worked on Casa de moneda in 1855 - Grabador - Assayer

    I was not able to find the 1877 So M to check the observe image and look for the M, on this year appears that it just missing the N - So goes for Nicolas Meneses assayer too.

  • EddiEddi Posts: 435 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 28, 2024 1:26AM

    Nicolas Meneses was assistant engraver at the Santiago mint from 1856 to 1861. After that, he was appointed second engraver. He engraved his initials N.M, or M "on a whim" on pesos dated 1875, 1876, and 1877, located left or right of the condors left foot. No official authorisation as far can be ascertained, much like Mint Director Dionisio Derteano at the Lima mint on soles and 1/5 soles dated 1864.

    Examples are scarce, specially 1877 (and some say 1875/77?). In 1877 only the initial M appears.
    Here are some images (borrowed from the internet).

  • realeswatcherrealeswatcher Posts: 338 ✭✭✭
    edited January 28, 2024 12:21PM

    Yes, very much like the Derteano sol (have snagged a few of those over the years). Thank you both.

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