Spain 1808-M FA 8 reales

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CNG Lissner collection, lot 892

This specimen was lot 892 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $6,352.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "SPAIN, Reino de España. Carlos IV. 1788-1808. AR 8 Reales. Madrid mint. Francesco Herrera and Antonio Goycoechea, assayers. Dated 1808 M FA. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Gem with fully satin luster under light amber-charcoal patina. Highest ever graded for the date and type. Purchased from Louis Collins, December 1992." This type is recorded in the SCWC from Madrid for 1788-1808. All are scarce compared to the enormous output of the Latin American mints. The bust type was introduced to the Spanish mints in 1772.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a better date.

Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver, this specimen Ø38 mm, 26.51 g, 12h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 432.1, Dav-307.


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  • 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]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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