Spain 1854 100 reales 8 point star

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Aureo sale 233, lot 602
The specimen shown was lot 602 in Aureo y Calico sale 233 (Barcelona, April 2011), where it sold for 400 euros (about US$666 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1854. Barcelona. 100 reales. Insignificantes marquitas. Muy bella. Brillo original. Rara así. S/C-. (One hundred reales of 1854, Barcelona mint, tiny marks, very nice, original luster, rare thus, About Uncirculated.)"
This Spanish hundred reales was struck in Barcelona during the middle years of Isabel II (1833-68). This type was struck in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville 1851-55. Instead of the traditional "M" and "S" mintmarks the issues are distinguished by six or seven pointed stars on the reverse (for Madrid and Seville). The "de vellon" coinage system, used 1808-50, was finally dropped. The 20 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 common for the type.

Specification: 8.33 g, .900 fine gold, .241 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-17361, KM 596.1, Cal-7.

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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