Spain 1852 20 reales 6 point star
This specimen was lot 952 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $4,991.25. The catalog description noted, "SPAIN, Reino de España. Isabel II. 1833-1868. AR 20 Reales. Decimal real coinage. Madrid mint; im: 6 pointed star. Dated 1852. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Wonderful lustrous multicolored patina. Superb eye appeal. The finest we have seen for type. Possibly struck from proof dies. Highest graded for the type and the only one graded for the date. Purchased from Joe Elliott, October 1969 (an old friend and a long time playboy, as I’m sure he would want to be remembered)." This type was struck in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville 1850-55. 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.
Specification: 26.29 g, .900 fine silver, .761 troy oz ASW, this specimen Ø36 mm, 26.16 g, 12h axis.
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- 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.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.