Spain (1454-74)-S castellano Fr-113

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 30730
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Sincona sale 43, lot 3756
The first specimen was lot 30730 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $7,637.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Enrique IV gold Castellano (Enrique d'oro) ND (1454-74)-S MS62 NGC, Seville mint. A handsome example, as well as a conditional rarity, this early gold type presents pleasing design motifs atop antiqued-golden surfaces. The rampant lion displays some ghosting but the reverse imagery of the three-towered castle is superb. A choice specimen worthy of much attention." The second specimen was lot 3756 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 2,600 CHF (about US$3,103 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"SPAIN, Königreich, Enrique IV. 1454-1474 Castellano o. J. Sevilla. Selten. Vorzüglich. (kingdom of Spain, Henry IV, 1454-74, undated castellano, Seville mint. Rare, Extremely fine.)"
The gold coinage of Spain prior to the rule of the Catholic Kings is rare. A half castellano also exists. Friedberg notes this type for Cordoba, Cuenca, Segovia, Seville and Toledo. Cayón notes that it had a face value of 485 maravedis.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.6 g, gold; the second specimen 4.57 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-113, Cayón no. 1577.

Source:

  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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