Spain 1852 20 reales 8 point star

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Aureo sale 269, lot 434
This Spanish twenty reales was part of the first decimal reform of 1850-64. In 1850, the twenty reales was reduced to 26.91 grams. This having proven unsatisfactory, the coinage was reformed again in 1864. The twenty reales was dropped in favor of a two escudos silver coin, reduced to 25.96 grams. One hundred centimos = one escudo. Instead of the traditional "M" and "S" mintmarks the issues are distinguished by three, four, six, seven or eight pointed stars on the reverse (for Segovia, Jubia, Madrid, Seville and Barcelona). Unfortunately, the government, financially prostrate as usual, was unable to remint the old coins, which continued to circulate as before. This specimen was lot 434 in Aureo sale 269 (Barcelona, July 2015), where it sold for €1,550 (about US$2,003 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1852. Isabel II. Barcelona. 20 reales. Leves golpecitos. Muy rara. EBC-. (Spain, Isabel II, twenty reales of 1852, Barcelona mint, light marks, very rare, about extremely fine.)"
This is the most available of the Barcelona issues of 1847-52 but it is still rare.

Recorded mintage: 1,053,000.

Specification: 26.29 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen 25,80 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-17194, Cal. 153, KM 593.1.


  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Numismática, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2015.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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