Spain 1586-Seg 8 reales

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 ANA sale, lot 21706
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This specimen was lot 21706 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it sold for $2,880. The catalog description[1] noted, "SPAIN. 8 Reales, 1586. Segovia Mint. Philip II. NGC AU-53. Mintmark: aqueduct with two stories and four arches. Handsome toning, nice surfaces and fully struck. Slight clip at 3 o'clock which does not invade the design and does not detract from the overall appearance of this coin." This type, one of the first machine struck coins of Spain, is recorded in Cayón[2] for 1586-1597. Numerous varieties exist, all rare. The arms of Spain on the obverse bear the escutcheon of Portugal, ruled by Spain 1580-1640.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.47 g, .931 fine silver, .821 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-3967, Dav-8478; Cal-175.


  • [2]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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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