Barcelona 1652 10 reales

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Áureo y Calicó sale 347, lot 189
This specimen was lot 189 in Áureo y Calicó sale 347 (Barcelona, March 2020), where it sold for €950 (about US$1,254 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1652. Guerra dels Segadors. Barcelona. 10 rals. Lluís XIV. Muy bella. Preciosa pátina. Rara y más así. EBC. (kingdom of Spain, War of the Reapers, ten reales of 1652, Barcelona mint. Struck in the name of Louis XIV, very handsome, precious patina, rare thus, extremely fine.)"
Lluís XIIII, Count of Barcelona, is better known to history as Louis XIV 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 silver ten reales, much smaller than the usual ten reales the size of a peso, was struck 1651-52 during a siege. A very rare gold quadruple luis d'oro was issued on the same occasion.

Wikipedia comments, "The Siege of Barcelona took place between July 1651 and October 1652 during the Catalan Revolt when a large Spanish army descended on Barcelona and besieged the garrison made up of Catalans and French troops under Philippe de La Mothe-Houdancourt. The fifteen-month siege eventually ended with a Spanish victory, and the effective defeat of the Catalan Revolt which had lasted since 1640. Although French troops remained in parts of Catalonia for another seven years, no serious fighting took place, and in 1659 the Treaty of the Pyrenees was signed bringing a formal end to the conflict."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 3,75 g.

Catalog reference: KM 39, AC. 73, Cru.C.G. 4531, Cayón-7017.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • 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.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduard Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Publica 347: Seleccion de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Áureo y Calicó, 2020.

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