Spain 1802-M MF 8 reales
This Spanish eight reales was struck at the Madrid mint in 1802. This specimen is the scarcer 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. Eight reales of Ferdinand VII were struck at Seville 1809-20, Cadiz 1810-15 and Madrid 1814-18. There is an additional issue from Madrid 1823-30 but these are so rare as to be practically presentation pieces. The 20 reales de vellon introduced by José Napoleon was the favored denomination in the 1820's until 1849.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .785 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 432.1, Dav-307.
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