Majorca 1823 5 pesetas

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Aureo sale 238, lot 264
Ponterio sale 169, lot 22450
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The first specimen was lot 264 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 800 euro (about US$1,269 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1823. Mallorca. 5 pesetas. Leyenda del anverso: ... Y LA CONST. Pátina. Parte de brillo original. Rara así. EBC. (five pesetas of Majorca, 1823, obverse legend ending in 'Y LA CONST.' Toned, lustrous, extremely fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 22450 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $308. The catalog description[2] noted, "SPAIN. Majorca. 5 Pesetas, 1823. VERY FINE." This five pesetas minted in the Balearic Islands is an example of the regional coinage that persisted in Spain even into the reign of Isabel II (1833-68), a relic of medieval liberties. Several varieties exist of this unusual coin.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Cayón-16079, Cal. 531, KM C L9.2, Dav-327.

Sources:

  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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