Collectors of Latin American Colonial coinage will recognise Santiago Columnarios as one of the scarcest types in all of Spanish Colonial Numismatics. While the New World Spanish mints at Mexico, Lima and Potosi produced the 'Dos Mundos' coinage in very large numbers, production from Santiago was comparably tiny. Today, a total of only 53 Santiago 8 Reales Columnarios are documented to exist with dates ranging from 1751 to 1770, for a total of 12 Different dates. Only a handful more are possibly unaccounted for. For some dates, only one or two examples are known. The two most 'common' dates, 1768 and 1758, account for half of all examples known. I was therefore excited when the opportunity to add this rare example from 1764 arose. Only Five coins are known for this date. This example is in lower grade, but otherwise shows all relevant detail. With these coins you really take what you get unless you are a collector of unlimited financial means. It is now the centerpiece of my Santiago Mint Spanish Colonial collection and the accomplishment of a lifelong numismatic dream. 8 Reales, Santiago, Chile mint. Struck during the reign of Carlos III, Assayer J. Gilboy SC-8-11, Cayon 11932, KM-18, Elizondo-12, Cr.7, Jara CJ E-1764.