Spain 1809-S CN 8 reales Dav-319

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Sincoan sale 51, lot 3805
This specimen was lot 3805 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 275 CHF (about US$332 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Fernando VII. 1808-1833. 8 Reales 1809, CN-Sevilla. Fast vorzüglich. (kingdom of Spain, Ferdinand VII, 1808-33, eight reales of 1809, Seville mint. About extremely fine.)"
In 1808, Napoleon, tiring of Portugal's flouting of his Continental System blockading English trade, decided to invade and occupy that country with Spanish aid. After a complicated deception, both Charles IV and his heir Ferdinand found themselves out of a job and a French army occupying Madrid. Many Spaniards rose against the foreign invader and one such group controlled Seville and issued pesos from the mint there. As Ferdinand was in a French prison, an imaginary bust was used in 1808-09. The standard bust of Ferdinand (Dav-323) was used at Seville 1809-20.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver, .786 troy oz ASW, this specimen 26.97 g.

Catalog reference: Cayon 15810, KM 451, Dav-319.


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

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