Spain 1854-Seg 25 centimos
This specimen was lot 25842 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Isabel II Proof 25 Centimos 1854 Segovia, Proof 65 RB NGC Dr. Ruby Collection, highly attractive with flashy surfaces and red-orange mint luster. Rare in Proof, we sold a similar example in our January 2010 NY auction for $1725." This type was struck in Barcelona 1863-64 and Segovia 1854-64. 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 but common. The SCWC mentions no proofs.
Catalog reference: Cayón-16672, KM 615.2, Cal. 591.
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- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.