Spain 1591-Seg 8 reales
This specimen was lot 41378 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $3,240. The catalog description noted, "SPAIN. 8 Reales, 1591/0. Segovia Mint. Philip II (1556-98). PCGS AU-58. Variety with smaller castles. Sharply defined with soft luster in the fields and several delicate waves in the flan due to its method of manufacturing. The date, which shows a bold 1/0 in the final digit, adds an element of interest for the viewer. From the Collection of Dr. James Eustace Bizzell, II." This type, one of the first machine struck coins of Spain, is recorded in Cayón for 1586-1597. Numerous varieties exist, all rare. For this example, the mintmark has three arches and "HISPANIARVM" is spelled in full. The arms of Spain on the obverse bear the escutcheon of Portugal, ruled by Spain 1580-1640.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Cal-type-158#222; Cayon-4022; Dav-8478.
- Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.