Spain 1682-Seg M 8 reales

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Aureo sale 232, lot 147
Heritage sale 3073, lot 31861
perhaps the same specimen as the one in Aureo sale 232
The first specimen shown was lot 147 in a Aureo y Calico sale (Barcelona, March 2011), where it sold for 2,300 euros (about $3,795 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1682. Segovia. M. 8 reales. Puntos al inicio y al final de leyenda anverso. Con el escusón de Portugal. Muy bella. Brillo original. Muy rara así. EBC+ (Eight reales of 1682, Segovia mint, variety with dots in obverse legend, with the arms of Portugal. Very nice, original luster and rare thus; choice extremely fine.)
The second specimen was lot 31861 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $14,400. The catalog description[2] noted, "Charles II 8 Reales 1682 (Aqueduct)-M MS63 NGC, Segovia mint. A touch of golden essence intermingles with sparkling luster to produce a wonderful appearance on this crown of Charles "the Bewitched". The intrigue is furthered after close inspection, as it appears the dies were extensively reworked from a previous issue of Philip IV, with faint remnants of the lettering existing along the obverse legends. Easily the finest example of the date that we have seen, and at present, unsurpassed in grade at either NGC or PCGS. A great type coin!" This type was issued at Toledo and Segovia 1679-85. Two varieties are listed for 1682, with rosettes or dots in legend (shown here). The aqueduct was the mintmark for the Segovia mint until it closed in the 1840's.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Cayón-7591 or Cayón-7590, KM 191.3, Cal-407, Dav-4416.

Sources:

  • 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.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2011.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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