Spain 1813-M RN 80 reales

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Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 1630
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This Spanish eighty 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 = 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. This specimen was lot 1630 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description[1] noted, "SPAIN. 80 Reales, 1813-RN. Madrid Mint. NGC AU-50. Scarce date. Attractive orange peel toning." This type was struck 1811-13 for Joseph Napoleon, Napoleon's brother and reluctant puppet king of Spain 1808-14. The gold coins of his regime are scarce to rare, likely because Napoleon was extracting large quantities of gold for the French war machine.

Recorded mintage: 161,000.

Specification: 6.77 g, .875 fine gold, .190 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-14727, Fr-302; KM-552; Cal-Type 4 # 12.


  • 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.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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