Barcelona 1809 2 1/2 pesetas

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photo courtesy Soler y Llach
This specimen was lot 535 in Soler y Llach's January, 2010, sale where it sold for 221 euros ($377 with buyers' fees). The catalog description noted,
"OCUPACIÓN NAPOLEÓNICA de CATALUNYA. 2 1/2 Pesetas. 1809. BARCELONA. MBC-" (French occupation of Catalonia, 2½ pesetas of 1809, Barcelona mint, about Very Fine).
This silver coin was issued from Barcelona during the French occupation for use there and in Catalonia. It was struck 1808-14 and accompanied by a silver one peseta and five pesetas, the first coins denominated in pesetas. In the local currency, five pesetas = one peso; this coin would have traded for a Latin American four reales. This coin is not common. The last local Catalonian issue is a rare six quartos dated 1848.

Recorded mintage: unknown but this is the most common date.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM 68, Cal-37.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.

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