Spain 1809-S CN 8 reales KM 466.4

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Aureo sale 238, lot 530
This specimen was lot 530 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 1,500 euro (about US$2,379 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1809. Sevilla. CN. 8 reales. Busto diademado. Golpecito. Suave pátina. Extraordinario ejemplar. Muy rara y más así. EBC-. (Spain, Eight reales of 1809, Seville mint, laureate bust. Rim nick, smooth toning, extraordinary example, very rare thus, nearly 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. This standard bust of Ferdinand was used at Seville 1809-20.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Cal. 636, KM 466.4, Dav-323.


  • [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: Cayón9-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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