Spain 1589-Seg 8 reales

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Aureo sale 232, lot 114
The specimen shown was lot 114 in Aureo y Calico sale 232 (Barcelona, March 2011), where it sold for 3,300 euros (about $5,445 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Felipe II (1556-1598). 1589. Segovia. 8 reales. Anv.: PHILIPPVS D G HISPANIARV. Rev.: ET INDIARVM REX 1589. Acueducto y valor entre adornos que también separan la leyenda del reverso. Acueducto de dos pisos y cuatro arcos. Bella. Pátina muy atractiva. Muy rara así. EBC+. (Philip II, 1556-98, eight reales of 1589, Segovia mint. Obverse: "Philip by the grace of God Spain..."; reverse: "...and the Indies king, 1589." Mintmark: aqueduct with two storeys and four arches. attractive toning, very rare thus, choice extremely fine.)
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: Dav-8478, Cal-204, Cayón no. 3995.

Sources:

  • [2]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, 2011.

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