Spain 1854 10 reales 8 point star
This specimen was lot 949 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,331. The catalog description noted, "SPAIN, Reino de España. Isabel II. 1833-1868. AR 10 Reales. Decimal real coinage. Barcelona mint; im: 8 pointed star. Dated 1854. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Virtual gem prooflike brilliant uncirculated with just a hint of patina and wonderful surfaces. Only one other coin of this date graded in AU 55. Purchased from Hank Rodgers, June 1972." This type was struck in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville 1851-55. 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 but a common date.
Specification: 13.14 g, .900 fine silver, .380 troy oz ASW, this specimen Ø30 mm, 13.14 g, 12h axis.
Catalog reference: Cayón-17105, KM 595.1.
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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.