Spain 1809-M IG 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 217
This specimen was lot 217 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 950 euro (about US$1,507 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1809. Madrid. IG. 8 reales. Parte de brillo original. Rara y más así. EBC. (eight reales of 1809, Madrid mint. Mint luster, scarce, extremely fine.)"
This Spanish eight reales was struck at the Madrid mint in 1809. It is among the last traditional pesos struck in Spain, struck during the French invasion of 1808 which led to king Charles IV's abdication. Joseph Napoleon, portrayed here, attempted to inure Spaniards to his rule by issuing the familiar denominations but failed. This type was struck 1809-10 only.

Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat available.

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

Catalog reference: Cal. 33, KM 454, Dav-309.

Sources:

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

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