Spain 1883-MS M peseta (83)

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 10713
Spain 1883 peseta rev Ponterio 169-10713.jpg

This specimen was lot 10713 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $999. The catalog description[1] noted, "SPAIN. Peseta, 1883-MSM. NGC MS-64. Lustrous with attractive old cabinet toning with cobalt highlights. From the Demarete Collection." This silver peseta, struck in Madrid in 1881-86, matches the contemporary French silver franc down to the odd .835 alloy. This type, with the whiskered portrait of the doomed Alfonso XII, is quite scarce in nice condition.

Recorded mintage: 8,440,000.

Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM-686; Cal-type-12#59; Cayón-17492.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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