Spain 1799-M MF real

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Heritage sale 3009, lot 24614
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
the same specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
Spain 1799M real rev DSLR.jpg

The specimen shown is a Spanish one real struck in 1799 at the Madrid mint. It was lot 24614 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010). The type was struck there 1793-1808 and at Madrid 1788-1808. These coins were lower in fineness than the colonial issues (Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, etc.) and thus were discounted. This coin was called a "pistareen" in English-speaking countries. 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, .812 fine silver, .176 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-13438, KM 419.1.


  • 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.
  • Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3009: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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