Barcelona 1641 5 sous

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Aureo sale 291, lot 876
This specimen was lot 876 in Aureo sale 291 (Barcelona, April 2017), where it sold for €500 (about US$642 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1641. Guerra dels Segadors. Barcelona. 5 sous. Anv.: Armas catalanas entre V y S. PHILIPP9 D G- R -HISPANIA. Rev.: Roel en 1er y 4º cuartel. -BARC-INOC-IVI-1641. Felipe IV. Leves rayitas, pero buen ejemplar. Muy rara. (MBC+). (Barcelona, War of the Reapers, five sous of 1641. Obverse: crowned arms of Catalonia divide 'V-S'; reverse: rings in first and third quarters, pellets in second and fourth quarters. Light scratches but a nice example, very rare, very fine or better.)"
Lluís XIII is better known to history as Louis XIII of France. During the War of the Pyrenees (ended 1659), the French occupied Catalonia with the collaboration of the locals and struck coins there. This type was struck in Barcelona 1640-41 and is very rare. Another five sous exists for 1641 with the bust of Louis XIII (KM 41).

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 6,65 g.

Catalog reference: KM 17 (listed under Catalonia rather than Spain), Cru.C.G. 4533, Cru.Segadors 214d (plate coin), Cal. 91, Cayón no. 6874.


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  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
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  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduard Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Publica 291: Collección Egara, vol. II y Collección Verdaguer, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó, 2017.

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