Spain 1904-PC V 50 centimos (10)

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Áureo y Calicó sale 346, lot 1462
In 1885, Alfonso XII died young of tuberculosis, leaving a posthumous son who was crowned Alfonso XIII. In 1869, the peso was reduced to 25 grams and set equal to five pesetas with each peseta divisible into 100 centimos. This system would prevail until the coming of the euro. After the turn of the century, repeated fiscal crises, exacerbated by the defeat in the Spanish American War, interrupted regular coinage. This design was also used in 1904. The actual date of issue is in the tiny stars bracketing the date. The next issue of fifty centimos would be in 1926. In 1931, the king was overthrown and exiled. This specimen was lot 1462 in Áureo y Calicó sale 346 (Barcelona, March 2020), where it sold for €17 (about US$23 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1904*10. Alfonso XIII. PCV. 50 céntimos. Bella. Brillo original. S/C. (kingdom of Spain, Alfonso XIII, 1885-1931, fifty centimos of 1910, Handsome with mint luster, uncirculated.)"

Recorded mintage: 1,303,015.

Specification: 2.5 g, .835 fine silver, .067 troy oz ASW, this specimen 2,50 g.

Catalog reference: KM 721, Cayón-17605, AC. 47.


  • 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, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1] Sisó, Teresa, Eduard Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Publica 346: Colección Manuela Etcheverría, Colección Javier Verdejo Sitges, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó, 2020.

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