Spain 1853 2 reales 8 point star

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Aureo sale 233, lot 288
The specimen shown was lot 288 in Aureo y Calico sale 233 (Barcelona, April 2011), where it sold for 190 euro (about US$316 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1853. Barcelona. 2 reales. Bella. Brillo original. EBC+. (Two reales de vellon, 1853, Barcelona mint. Handsome, mint luster, very scarce, choice extremely fine.)"
This type was struck in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville 1852-55. Instead of the traditional mintmarks the issues are distinguished by six, seven or eight pointed stars on the reverse (for Madrid, Seville and Barcelona). In 1850, 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. Under the new system, this two reales was worth one tenth of a peso instead of the former quarter. Unfortunately, the government, financially prostrate as usual, was unable to remint the old coins, which continued to circulate as before. The coinage would be reformed a second time in 1866.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 2.63 g, .900 fine silver, .078 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-16913, KM 599.1, Cal. 344.

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.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, COLECCIÓN ANASTASIA DE QUIROGA, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2011.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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