Spain 1597-Seg 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 503
This specimen was lot 503 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 1,900 euro (about US$3,013 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1597. Segovia. 8 reales. Leyenda: OMNIUM. Adornos acotando ceca y valor. Muy rara. MBC/MBC+. (eight reales of 1597, Segovia mint, obverse legend: OMNIUM; arms divide value and mintmark. Very rare, very 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: 27.46 g, .931 fine silver, .821 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Dav-8479, Cal. 231, Cayón no. 4052.

Sources:

  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.
  • [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.

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