Spain 1823-B SP 80 reales

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Sincona sale 59, lot 2054
This specimen was lot 2054 in Sincona sale 59 (Zurich, October 2019), where it sold for 1,500 CHF (about US$1,817 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SPAIN | Königreich, Fernando VII. 1808-1833. 80 Reales 1823 B-SP, Barcelona. Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. Fast FDC. (kingdom of Spain, Ferdinand VII, 1808-33, eighty reales of 1823, Barcelona mint. Very rare in this condition, About uncirculated.)"
When the Bourbons were restored, they continued to strike this denomination 1822-48 simultaneously with the old two escudos, which is the same size. This type was struck 1822-23 at Madrid, Barcelona (shown here) and Seville. The obverse legend refers to king Ferdinand, "by the grace of God and the Constitution," a constitution he was compelled to grant and which he violated at every opportunity. His despotic rule combined that incompetence and brutality later displayed by countless Latin American dictators.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, 0.875 fine gold, 0.190 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6.71 g.

Catalog reference: KM 564.1, Cayón-16284, Fr-322.


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  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 59: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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