Collectible South American Coins

While the names of many South American coin denominations are often the same—centavos and pesos appear with great regularity—the designs on the coins themselves tell unique stories about the births of these great nations.

For example, 5-, 10-, and 20-centavos coins from 1950s Argentina teach us of San Martin’s role in liberating nearby Peru from Spanish rule. Venezuela honors an even more famous contemporary of Martin’s, Simon Bolivar, on everything from 19th-century centavos to aptly named bolivars.

Brazilian coins such as the reis take a different tack. Those from the turn of the 20th century in 40, 100, and 500 denominations feature the Southern Cross constellation on their obverse, a nod to the importance of navigation, which brought Portuguese explorers to South America in the first place.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Ancient Coins: In Praise of the Celators!

Ancient Coins: In Praise of the Celators!

Dr. Tom Buggey’s Ancient Coins: In Praise of the Celators! focuses mainly on coins from Greek and Roman antiquity… [read review or visit site]

Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

Bi-metallic coins have been around since the 17th century, when a copper wedge was added to the English farthing to… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

1832-r Ngc Au50bn Brazil Copper 80 Reis Ex. Eliasberg CollectionChile Peso 1817-fj (santiago) Pcgs Xf 451814 Ngc Xf40bn Venezuela 1/2 Real Guyana C-41.2 Wars Of IndependenceTrinidad And Tobago $200 Gold Proof Coin 1984 Franklin Mint Rare Ca1920 Brazil Santa Casa De Misericordia Leprosarium 5pc Set No Rsrv8 Reales Cob Heart Potosi 1692, Hand Struck "piece Of Eight" Pirate PendantVenezuela 1938 12 /2 Centavos Ngc Ms-65 Scarce In This GradePotosi Gold Doubloon Charles Iv 8 Esc 1799 Vf/bolivia Doblon Oro Carlos Iv 1799*Bolivia 8 Reales (1577-85) Pcgs Xf 45Chile 1968 5 &10 Pesos Silver Set Two Coins Proof Original Box No ReserveChile 50 Pesos Gold Coin 19621903 Ngc Ms66 Paraguay 10 CentavosProclamation 4 Reales - Peru, Lima, 1789, Carolus Iv - Choice OriginalVenezuela 1935 5 Bolivars Ngc Ms-63Guatemala Peso/chile Peso Chile 1/2r C/s On Chile Peso 1894/ 1877 Ngc Au 551795 Lima 2 Reales Silver Coin Ij, Stamped 'consult Dr. Darby Boston' (280852s)Chile 1/2 Real 1844-so Ij Pcgs Ms 64Colombia. 1/4 Real 1849. Km# 108.2.Peru 1790ij 8 Reales Silver Crown F-vfGenuine Old Pirate Fur Trade 1805 Spanish Colonial Silver 8 Real Coin NrK95, Bolivia, Philip Ii, Cob 8 Reales Nd (great Module) Essayer P-b, Silver,niceArgentina-buenos Aires 1840 1 Real Vf-xfStunning Gold 8 Escudos 1810 Nr-jf From Colombia Under Spain !Mns - Venezuela 1935 5 Bolivares Au/unc Brilliant LusterPeru 1957 Gold 50 Soles *ngc Ms-65 Pl* Rare Finest Known Only Pl SpecimenColombia 10 Pesos Gold Coin .917 Gold "simon Bolivar 1919"Colombia. 1/4 Real 1853. Km# 108.2.Peru 1970 Gold 50 Soles *ngc Ms-65* Low Mintage Last Year Of Issue Very Rare1936 Ngc Ms64 Venezuela 5 Centimos2008 Bolivia 20c Struck On Feeder Finger1791 Carolus Iv Coin Peru 8 Reales 8r Coat Of ArmsBritish Guiana 1836 1 Guilder Nice Vf A Very High Grade For This TypeChile 1927 5 Pesos Silver Crown VfArgentina 1883 1 Centavo XfLot Of 4 Silver 1 Sol Coins 1880,1888,1896,1914 Nice Original Toning Asw-2.89361973 Colombia Gold 1500 Pesos Ngc Pf62 Pr62 Proof Commemorative 50th Anniv Coin1898- R0zf Peru "gold" Trade Coinage Una Libra (pound) - Km# 207 - #52131786 Mi Peru Lima Silver Coin 8 Reales - Carolous Iii1851, Chile,1/2 Centavo "medio Centavo", Beautiful Raised Star Copper Coin1944 Pcgs Ms66 Paraguay 50 Centimos LustrousParaguay 5 Centavos 1900 Pcgs Ms 62Peru Sol, 1874 Yj, Ngc Au58Peru, Sol, 1888 Tf, Almost Uncirculated, Rim Nick, .7234 Ounce Actual SilverColombia. 1/2 Real 1845 Rs. Km# 96.1. Scarce!Peru 1/4 Real, 1850. Km# 143.1.Ecuador 1943-mo 5 Sucres Icg Ms-65 Very Rare In This Grade1969b Colombia Gold 200 Pesos Ngc Pf66 Pr66 Proof Ultra Cameo Battle Of Boyaca3 Venezuela Tokens Hacienda Turumo, 1,2,4 RealesColombia. 1/2 Real 1851. Km# 110.Colombia. 50 Centavos 1908. Km# 186.2.Colombia, Real 1838 Rs. Km# 91.1.1973 Colombia Gold 1500 Pesos Ngc Pf62 Pr62 Proof Commemorative 50th Anniv CoinGenuine Peru Ar 2 Reales, Phillip IiJamaica 1981 9 Coins Silver Proof Set W/ Coa 23 Grams 925 Bf5614Colombia. 1/2 Decimo 1871. Km# 150.1. Only 100,000 Minted! Very Scarce!1924-b Colombia "gold" 5 Pesos - Km# 201.1 - Mintage: 705,000 - #5212Guatemala 1871 Peru Un SolScarce Peru 1868 Silver Crown Un Sol: Early Edition High Grade Numismatic Wonder1784/3-pr Bolivia Silver Charles Iii 4 Reales ChopmarksNetherlands-curacao 1944d 2 1/2 Gulden Silver Crown Unc