Spain 1662-Seg BR 16 maravedis
In addition to the reales and escudos familiar to collectors of Spanish American coins, a whole series of copper coins circulated in metropolitan Spain which never made it across the Atlantic despite numerous attempts by colonial authorities to do so. These copper coins appeared in denominations of half, one, two, four, eight and sixteen maravedis (34 maravedis = one real in silver). The sixteen maravedis which appears here was struck only briefly (1660-64) and then abandoned, most likely due to rejection by the populace. This specimen was struck at the Segovia mint (mintmark: aqueduct) and preserves some of its original silvering. Similar coins were emitted from Trujillo, Granada, Seville, Madrid, Toledo and Valladolid.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: copper with a silver wash.
Catalog reference: Cayón no. 5518, KM 172.6.
- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.