Spain 1862 100 reales 6 point star

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Goldberg sale 69, lot 4430
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Aureo sale 261, lot 678
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 4430 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $575. The catalog description [1] noted, "Spain.100 Reales, 1862 (Madrid). Isabel II, 1833-1868. Draped laureate bust left. Reverse: Arms in palms. NGC graded MS-63." The second specimen was lot 678 in Aureo sale 261 (Barcelona, July 2014), where it sold for €245 (about US$393 with buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"1862. Isabel II. Madrid. 100 reales. Bella. Parte de brillo original. EBC+. (Isabel II, 1833-68, hundred reales of 1862, Madrid mint, handsome, some luster, choice extremely fine.)"
This type was struck in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville 1856-62. 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. 27, Fr-331; KM-605.2.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.
  • [2]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Pública 261, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2014.

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