Spain 1860 20 reales 6 point star

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Aureo sale 261, lot 649
This specimen was lot 649 in Aureo y Calicó sale 261 (Barcelona, July 2014), where it sold for €80 (about US$128 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1860. Isabel II. Madrid. 20 reales. Golpecitos en el canto. Pátina. Parte de brillo original. (MBC+/EBC-). (Isabel II, 1833-68, twenty reales of 1860, Madrid mint. Edge nicks, toned, some mint luster, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type was struck in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville 1857-64. 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: 941,000.

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

Catalog reference: KM 609.2, Cal. 182, Dav-334.

Sources:

  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-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, Subasta Pública 261, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2014.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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