Spain 1810-M AI 10 reales

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Aureo sale 242, lot 232
This Spanish ten reales de vellon was struck in Madrid during the regime of José Napoleon, the French emperor's older brother. The "de vellon" coinage system, used 1808-50, set 20 reales = one peso instead of the traditional eight. The coins minted using that standard were not marked in any way different from the concurrent eight reales standard, a source of confusion for collectors today, It must have been a major irritant for the inhabitants of the time. The specimen shown was lot 232 in Aureo y Calico sale 242 (Barcelona, March 2012), where it sold for 1,266 € (about $1,966 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Dominación Francesa. 1810. Madrid. AI. 10 reales. La moneda más rara de este módulo y ceca. Preciosa pátina. EBC-/EBC. (French domination, ten reales of 1810, Madrid mint. The rarest coin of this denomination and mint, beautiful toning, extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .896 fine silver, .393 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 541, Cal. 39.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2012.

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