Spain 1857-Seg 5 centimos
This specimen was lot 942 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $272.25. The catalog description noted, "SPAIN, Reino de España. Isabel II. 1833-1868. CU 5 Ce[n]timos. Decimal real coinage. Segovia mint; im: aqueduct. Dated 1857. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65 BN. Gem reddish brown uncirculated. Highest and only graded for the date and none graded higher for the type. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, July 1980." This type was struck in Segovia 1854-64. It is one of the last coins to bear the aqueduct mintmark used since the sixteenth century. 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 common.
Specification: copper, this specimen Ø17 mm, 1.99 g, 12h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 602.
- 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.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.