Spain (1475-97)-S 2 castellano Fr-147

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3757
This specimen was lot 3757 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 42,000 CHF (about US$50,119 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SPAIN, Königreich, Fernando V. und Isabel I. 1474-1504 Doble Castellano o. J. (1475-1497). Sevilla . Von grösster Seltenheit. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabel, 1474-1504, undated double castellano, Seville mint. Of the highest rarity, Very fine-extremely fine.)"
The gold coinage of Spain prior to the rule of the Catholic Kings is rare. Cayón notes that a castellano had a face value of 485 maravedis, making this coin theoretically worth 970 maravedis.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.2 g, gold; the second specimen 9.20 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-2905, Fr-147.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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