Barcelona (1462-63) real

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 852
This specimen was lot 852 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ESPAGNE, CATALOGNE, Henri IV de Castille (1462-1464), AR croat, Barcelone. D/ +:ENRICVS: DEI: GRA: REX: T. couronnée à g. R/ CIVI-TAS B-ARCK-NONA Croix pattée longue cantonnée de deux annelets et deux groupes de trois globules. Extrêmement rare Belle patine. presque Superbe. (Spain, Catalonia, Henry IV of Castile, 1462-64, silver croat, Barcelona mint. Obverse: crowned head left; reverse: long cross cantonned with two rings and two groups of three pellets. Extremely rare, nice patina, about extremely fine.)"
This silver real or croat was issued by Henry of Castile during his attempt to seize the throne of Catalonia. Several other pretenders added to the confusion until Ferdinand of Aragon prevailed in 1474. His marriage to Isabella of Castile ended the regional conflicts.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .931 fine silver, this specimen 3,20 g.

Catalog reference: Crusafont 911, Cayón-1917.


  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.

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