Spain 1590-S D 4 reales

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Jean Elsen sale 143, lot 1529
This specimen was lot 1529 in Jean Elsen sale 143 (Brussels, December 2019), where it sold for €120 (about US$157 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ESPAGNE, Philippe II (1556-1598), AR 4 reales, 1590, Séville. D/ Ecu couronné. A g., S/ IIII/ C. A d., la date. R/ Quadrilobe écartelé aux armes de Castille et Leon. Rare. Beau. (kingdom of Spain, Philip II, 1556-98, silver four reales of 1590, Seville mint. Obverse: crowned arms, mintmark and value to left, date to right; reverse: quartered arms of Castile and Leon in a quadrilobe. Rare, Fine.)"
This type was struck at several mints late in the reign of Philip II, about the same time as the Segovia mint was experimenting with milled coins. Assayer C is not listed for 1590 but is noted for 1591 and 1593. This example is crude enough that is it possible that the assayer was originally "D".

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g .931 fine silver, this specimen 13,33 g.

Catalog reference: C.C.T. type 204, Cayón-3819.


  • 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.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 143, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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