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    

Rare 1742 8 Reales From Bolivia With Guatemala CountermarkPotosi 1717, Silver Coin, Cob, 8 Reales Brazil 1900 2000 Reis Discovery Ship Silver Crown Au-uncSouth Peru Very Fine Arequipa Peru 2 Reales 1838 6.77 Grams Of 903 SilverR34, Colombia, 1 Peso 1872 (condor) Medellin, Gold, Ngc Ms64R30, Brazil, Pedro Ii, 5000 Reis 1855, Gold, Ngc Ms63Brazil 960 Reis 1816r (over Spanish 8 Reales) Silver Au/unc1921-1923 Russia Ussr First Silver Coinage 5 Coin SetChile 1884 1 Peso Silver Crown Au-uncBrazil 960 Reis 1818 (over Spanish 8 Reales) Silver AuEcuador 1899 Gold 10 Sucres-aef/ef Grade-8.136gr/0.2354oz-scarce L@@kSpain Gold Doubloon Charles Iii 8 Escudos 1786 Santiago / Mone Oro Carlos Iii *Peru North 8 Reales 1837-m Silver Ef1791-l Ij Pcgs Au53 Peru Charles Iiii Silver 8 Reales Colonial Coin - No ReserveBrazil 1820r 960 Reis Silver Crown Vf-xfColombia, 1/2 Real. 1839 Rs. Bogota. Km# 96.1. Ngc Xf Details Surface Hairlines.Spain Gold Doubloon Charles Iii 8 Escudos 1789 Nr / Moneda Oro Carlos Iii 1789 *Peru, Lima, Silver Coin, Cob, 1/2 Real 1556-98 Diego De Rivera1807 Lima Jp Ngc Xf40 Peru Silver 8 Reales Colonial Coin - 99c No Reserve!Bolivia 8 Soles 1845-r Silver Ef1879/8 Colombia 5 Centavos Bogota Ngc Ms65 Km #174a.11821 Colombia 8 Reales SilverColombia 2 Escudos 1775 Nrjj -- Holed .1900 6.6Chile 10 Pesos 1976 Silver ProofBrazil 300 Reis 1754-r Silver F+Potosi Silver Cob 2 Reales Awesome Spanish Coin1819-pts Pj Ngc Xf40 Bolivia Silver 8 Reales Colonial Coin - 99c No Reserve!1838 Bolivia 8 Reales Or 8 Soles Large Silver Crown World Coin Well StruckPeru Fernando Vii Silver 8 Reales 1821 Jp LimaColumbia, Lot Of 2: Km#87.1; 1836 Rs Real & Km#103; 1847 Real F To F+ Chile 10 Pesos, 1968, Arrival Of Liberation Fleet In 1820Peru, Lima Philip V 1739, Silver Coin, Cob, 8 Reales 1787 Mexico 8 Reales Silver Crown; Assayer Fm; Nice Looking CoinBrazil, 960 Reis. 1824 R. Km# 368.1.1816 Mexico 8 Reales Silver Crown; Assayer Jj; Gouges On Obverse1775-p Jr Pcgs Ogh Vf35 Bolivia Silver 4 Reales Colonial Coin - 99c No Reserve!Bolivia 1574-1622 8 Reales From Sao' Jose Shipwreck Ngc Shipwreck Effect Grade 2Spain Gold Doubloon Charles Iv 8 Escudos 1796 Lima / Moneda Oro Carlos Iv 1796*1806 Lima Jp Ngc Xf40 Peru Silver 8 Reales Colonial Coin - 99c No Reserve!1803-pts Pj Ngc Vf25 Bolivia Silver 8 Reales Colonial Coin - 99c No Reserve!Ecuador Sucre 1884-birmingham Silver Ef, Lustre1776 8 Reales Lima Peru, Holed, Very Nice DetailsPeru, Lima, Silver Coin, Cob, 1 Real Philip V, 1726Falkland Islands 5oz Silver-gilt Proof Qeii Jubilee £10 Coin 2002Chile 1/4 Real Km-73, 1817-so Ngc Graded Choice Bu 64 Colombia, 1/4 Real. 1846. Popayan. Km# 90.2. Ngc Au Details Surface Hairlines. Colombia, 2 Reales. 1880. Popayan. Ngc Vf Details Surface Hairlines. Colombia 1/4 Real, 1862. Popayan. Km# 123. Ngc Au Details Reverse Spot Removed. Columbia 1978 - 750 Pesos - Silver Proof - Humimgbird1876 Chile Un Peso Large Silver Crown World Coin1798 Boliva 8 Reales Potosi Large Silver Crown World CoinPeru, Lima, Silver Coin, Cob, 2 Reales 1880 Peru 5 Pesetas Large Silver Crown Scarce World Coin1828 Lima Jm 2 Reales Ngc Xf45 Km #141.1Venezuela. 10 Bolivares, 1973. Y# 45.Colombia 1935 1/2 Peso Serie:s No. 560268Venezuela 1935 1/2 Bolivar Choice BuPeru 1855 8 Reales M * B Lima Silver Xf-1923 Egypt - 20 Piastres -middle Eastern Silver With Loads Of Detail - Nice One!Peru. 1826 Lima Jm 2 Reales Ngc Au58 Km #141.1