Spain 1860 100 reales 7 point star
This specimen was lot 25600 in Heritage sale 3019 (Chicago, April 2012), where it sold for $1,035. The catalog description noted, "Isabel II gold 100 Reales 1860 Seville, MS64 NGC, a very nice piece with choice lustrous surfaces. The 6 in the date appears to be punched over a 5. Seville Mint with 7-pointed star." This type was struck 1856-62 at Seville (shown here), Madrid and Barcelona. 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 common for the type.
Specification: 8.33 g, .900 fine gold, .241 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 605.3.
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