Spain 1854 20 reales 6 point star

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Aureo sale 232, lot 402
The specimen shown was lot 402 in Aureo y Calico sale 232 (Barcelona, March 2011), where it sold for 380 euros (about US$627 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1854/2. Madrid. 20 reales. Levísimas rayitas. Bella. Precioso color. Escasa así. EBC+. (Twenty reales of 1854, Madrid mint, light marks, nice color, scarce thus, choice extremely fine.)
This Spanish twenty reales de vellon was struck in Madrid 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 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. This specimen is an overdate unlisted in the SCWC.

Recorded mintage: 1,355,000.

Specification: 26.91 g, .900 fine silver, .760 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 593.2, Cal-174, Dav-333.

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, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2011.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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