Catalonia 1644 5 reales

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Aureo sale 291, lot 890
This specimen was lot 890 in Aureo sale 291 (Barcelona, April 2017), where it sold for €2,400 (about US$3,080 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"164(4). Guerra dels Segadors. Barcelona. 5 rals. (Cal. 44 mismo ejemplar, la indica como "rarísima" sin precio) (Pellicer 71, mismo ejemplar). Anv.: Busto entre V y R. LVD(...)D G REX(...)NET(...)BARCI. Rev.: Roel en 1er y 4º cuartel. -(...)CI-VITAS-164(4). Lluís XIV. Ex Colección Balsach. MBC. (Barcelona, War of the Reapers, five reales of 1642. Obverse: bust of Louis XIV divides 'V-R'; reverse: rings in first and third quarters, pellets in second and fourth quarters. Very fine.)"
Lluís XIV 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 type was struck in Barcelona and is extremely rare. This specimen served as the plate coin in multiple Spanish references.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 11,75 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón no. 7014, KM 103 (listed under Catalonia rather than Spain), Cru.C.G. 4529, Cru.Segadors 233 (plate coin), Cal. 44 (plate coin), Pellicer 71 (plate coin).


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  • 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.
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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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