Spain 1852 10 reales 8 point star

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Aureo sale 232, lot 393
The specimen shown was lot 393 in Aureo y Calico sale 232 (Barcelona, March 2011), where it sold for 240 euros (about US$396 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1852. Barcelona. 10 reales. Leves golpecitos. Bella. Parte de brillo original. Muy escasa así. EBC+. (Ten reales of 1852, Barcelona mint, light marks, nice original luster, very scarce thus, choice extremely fine.)
This Spanish ten reales was struck in Barcelona during the middle years of Isabel II (1833-68). This type was struck in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville 1851-56. Instead of the traditional "M" and "S" mintmarks the issues are distinguished by six, seven or eight pointed stars on the reverse (for Madrid, Seville and Barcelona). The "de vellon" coinage system, used 1808-50, was finally dropped. The 20 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown; a better date.

Specification: 13.14 g, .900 fine silver, .380 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-17097, KM 595.1, Cal-207.


  • 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]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2011.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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