Barcelona 1811 5 pesetas

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Aureo sale 242, lot 240
The specimen shown was lot 240 in Aureo y Calico sale 242 (Barcelona, March 2012), where it sold for 650 € (about $1,009 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Dominación Francesa. 1811. Barcelona. 5 pesetas. 25 rosetas. Leves impurezas del cuño. Bella. Preciosa pátina de monetario. Rara así. EBC+. (French domination, five pesetas of 1811, Barcelona mint, variety with 25 flowers. Streaks from planchet flaws, nice toning, rare thus, choice extremely 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 two and a half pesetas, the first coins denominated in pesetas. In the local currency, five pesetas = one peso; this coin would have traded for a Latin American eight 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 available date.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM 69, Cal-16, Dav-310.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2012.

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