Spain 1854 10 reales 7 point star
This specimen was lot 31778 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description noted, "Isabel II 10 Reales 1854-(Seville) MS65 NGC, Seville mint. A remarkable Gem of the type with razor-sharp design detail, charming matte-like surfaces that produce glowing luster and a dearth of surface distractions that suggests an even higher numerical grade. Very rare in this elite grade and the single finest of the date graded by NGC." This type was struck in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville 1851-55. 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. 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 a common date.
Specification: 13.14 g, .900 fine silver, .380 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-17108, KM 595.3.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.