Spain 1844-B PS 80 reales

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21895
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21895 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $805. The catalog description[1] noted, "Isabel II gold 80 Reales 1844PS-B, MS63 NGC, large bust variety, fully lustrous surfaces with a few mild contact marks on the obverse. Scarce grade and a popular type." This type was struck at Barcelona (shown here), Madrid and Seville 1837-49 in sufficient numbers that it is one of the more common Spanish gold coins of the period. It is the same size as the old two escudos struck in Ferdinand's time.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 578.1.


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  • 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.
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  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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