Spain 1810-M JG 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 25128
Spain 1810M 8 reales rev H3030-25128.jpg

This specimen was lot 25128 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Joseph Napoleon 8 Reales 1810-IG Madrid, VF20 NGC, medium gray patina with evenly worn details and no obvious flaws. This date is very rare and exists with both the IG and IA assayers' initials." This Spanish eight reales was struck at the Madrid mint in 1809-10. 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. The SCWC does not list assayer IA for the eight reales but does for the twenty reales de vellon.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

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

Catalog reference: KM 454, Cayón-14703, Dav-309.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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