Spain 1859 100 Reales 8 point star
"1859. Isabel II. Barcelona. 100 reales. Golpecitos. MBC+. (Isabel II, 1833-68, hundred reales of 1859, Barcelona mint, nicks, choice very fine.)"This type was struck 1856-62 at Seville, Madrid and Barcelona (shown here). Instead of the traditional mintmarks the issues are distinguished by six, seven or eight pointed stars on the reverse (for Madrid, Seville and Barcelona). In 1850, the twenty reales was reduced to 26.91 grams and the copper maravedis dropped in favor of 1/20, 1/10 and 1/5 reales. Unfortunately, the government, financially prostrate as usual, was unable to remint the old coins, which continued to circulate as before. The coinage would be reformed a second time in 1866.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 8.33 g, .900 fine gold, .241 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Cal. 12, KM 605.1.
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- Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Pública 261, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2014.