Spain 1852 20 reales 7 point star

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Aureo sale 238, lot 539
This specimen was lot 539 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 100 euro (about US$159 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1852. Sevilla. 20 reales. Escasa. MBC. (Twenty reales of 1852, Seville mint. Scarce, very fine.)"
This Spanish twenty reales de vellon was struck in Seville during the middle years of Isabel II (1833-68). This type was struck in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville 1850-55. Instead of the traditional "M" and "S" mintmarks the issues are distinguished by six, seven or eight pointed stars on the reverse (for Madrid, Seville and Barcelona). The "de vellon" coinage system, used 1808-50, was finally dropped. The twenty reales was reduced to 26.91 grams and the copper maravedis dropped in favor of 1/20, 1/10 and 1/5 reales. Unfortunately, the government, financially prostrate as usual, was unable to remint the old coins, which continued to circulate as before.

Recorded mintage: unknown but not rare.

Specification: 26.29 g, .900 fine silver, .761 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cal. 191, KM 593.3, Dav-333.

Sources:

  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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