Spain 1777-S CF 4 reales

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1312
GB c1799 half dollar rev JElsen 121-1312.jpg
This specimen was lot 1312 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €260 (about US$416 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GRANDE-BRETAGNE, Georges III (1760-1820), AR demi-dollar, s.d. (1797-1799), Emission de nécessité avec petite contremarque ovale. Sur une 4 reales 1777 de Séville. Contremarque: Très Beau. Beau. (Great Britain, George III (1760-120), silver half dollar without date, emergency coinage with oval countermark, on a 1777 four reales from Seville. Countermark very fine, coin fine.)"
This type was struck in Madrid and Seville (shown here) 1772-88. Tho priced fairly cheaply in the SCWC, this type is very difficult to find at U. S. coin shows. This specimen bears a British counterstamp for circulation there. The SCWC notes that only eight reales were authorized to be counterstamped so it is likely that the stamp was applied later to fabricate a fantasy for sale to collectors.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .903 fine silver, this specimen 12,91 g.

Catalog reference: KM-413.2 (see Spain); with counterstamp, KM 622.2, S-3767.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 121, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2014.

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