Spain 1897-SG V 5 pesetas (97)

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Aureo sale 242, lot 449
The specimen shown was lot 449 in Aureo y Calico sale 242 (Barcelona, March 2012), where it sold for 270 € (about $419 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Alfonso XIII (1885-1931). 1897*1897. SGV. 5 pesetas. Bella. Brillo original. Escasa así. EBC+. (Alfonso XIII, 1885-1931, five pesetas of 1897, handsome, original luster, choice extremely fine.)"
In 1885, Alfonso XII died young of tuberculosis, leaving a posthumous son who was crowned Alfonso XIII. In 1869, the peso was reduced to 25 grams and set equal to five pesetas with each peseta divisible into 100 centimos. This system would prevail until the coming of the euro. This design, issued while the king was a boy, was struck in large numbers 1896-99 and is fairly common in grades up to Very Fine. Very similar pesos were struck for Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

Recorded mintage: 13,930,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 707, Cal. 26, Dav-344.

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.
  • 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, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2012.

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