Spain 1590-Seg 8 reales

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from Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 21373
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This specimen was lot 21373 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $2,520. The catalog description[1] noted, "SPAIN. 8 Reales, 1590. Segovia Mint. Philip II (1556-98). PCGS MS-61 Secure Holder. Reverse legend separated by dots. One of the earliest milled coins of Spain. Very lustrous and boldly struck. Lightly toned and attractive." This type, one of the first machine struck coins of Spain, is recorded in Cayón[2] for 1586-1597. Numerous varieties exist, all rare. For Cayón no. 4005, the mintmark has three arches and "HISPANIARVM" is spelled in full. The arms of Spain on the obverse bear the escutcheon of Portugal, ruled by Spain 1580-1640.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.46 g, .931 fine silver, .821 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cal-212; Cayón-4005, Dav-8478.


  • [2]Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, 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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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