Spain 1802-M FA 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 210
This specimen was lot 210 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 450 euro (about US$714 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1802. Madrid. FA. 8 reales. Pátina. Parte de brillo original. Rara y más así. EBC-/EBC. (eight reales of 1802, Madrid mint. Toned, mint luster, scarce, about extremely fine.)"
This Spanish eight reales was struck at the Madrid mint in 1802. This specimen is the commoner of two assayers known for the date, MF (Manuel de Lamas and Francisco Herrera) and FA (Francisco Herrera and Antonio Goycoechea). It is among the last traditional pesos struck in Spain prior to the French invasion of 1808 which led to king Charles IV's abdication.

Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat available.

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

Catalog reference: Cal. 672, KM 432.1, Dav-307.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.

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