Spain 1729-M JJ 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 205
This specimen was lot 205 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 1,350 euro (about US$2,141 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1729. Madrid. JJ. 8 reales. Muy rara. EBC-. (Eight reales of 1729, Madrid mint. Very rare, about extremely fine.)"
This type, the ancestor of the familiar pillar dollar of Latin America, is recorded in the SCWC for 1728-29. Both dates are tough. It was struck at Madrid 1728-34 and 1740.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver, .786 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9316, Cal. 694, KM 336.2, Dav-1697.


  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.

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