Spain 1864 100 reales 6 point star

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Aureo sale 261, lot 680
This specimen was lot 680 in Aureo sale 261 (Barcelona, July 2014), where it sold for €201 (about US$322 with buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1864. Isabel II. Madrid. 100 reales. Leves golpecitos. Parte de brillo original. MBC+/EBC-. (Isabel II, 1833-68, hundred reales of 1864, Madrid mint, light nicks, some luster, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1863-64 at Seville and Madrid (shown here). 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.

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

Catalog reference: Cal. 29, KM 617.1.

Source:

  • 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.
  • 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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