Spain 1726-M A real
This specimen was lot 31467 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $1,057.50. The catalog description noted, "Philip V Real 1726/1-A MS66 NGC, Madrid mint. An immaculate example with absolutely dazzling surfaces. As fine as we could possibly imagine for the type." The specimen shown is a Spanish real struck in 1726 at the Madrid mint. Assayer A is recorded for the years 1721-27 and the type as a whole for 1717-45. These coins were lower in fineness than the colonial issues (Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, etc.) and thus were discounted. There is no reason to think that these coins are rare but they are very difficult to find in the American numismatic marketplace and are likely seriously underpriced.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .917 fine silver, .099 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-8435, KM 298.
- 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, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.