Spain 1861 100 reales 6 point star

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Aureo sale 261, lot 677
This specimen was lot 677 in Aureo sale 261 (Barcelona, July 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1861. Isabel II. Madrid. 100 reales. Brillo original. EBC. (Isabel II, 1833-68, hundred reales of 1861, Madrid mint, lustrous, extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1856-62 at Seville, Madrid (shown here) 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.

Specification: 8.33 g, .900 fine gold, .241 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cal. 26, KM 605.2.

Source:

  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Pública 261, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2014.

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