Spain 1812-M AI 20 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 223
This specimen was lot 223 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 250 euro (about US$396 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1812. Madrid. AI. 20 reales. Rara. MBC+. (Twenty reales of 1812, Madrid mint. Rare, choice very fine.)"
This Spanish twenty 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 twenty reales = 1 peso instead of the traditional eight. This type is also known from Barcelona and Seville. 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.

Recorded mintage: 250,000 (a better date).

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

Catalog reference: Cal. 30, KM 551.2, Dav-308.

Sources:

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

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