Spain 1823-M SR 80 reales

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Aureo sale 261, lot 605
This specimen was lot 605 in Aureo y Calicó sale 261 (Barcelona, July 2014), where it sold for €250 (about US$401 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1823. Fernando VII. Madrid. SR. 80 reales. Tipo ´cabezón´. Escasa. MBC-/MBC. (Ferdinand VII, 1808-33, eighty reales of 1823, Madrid mint, 'big head' type. Scarce, about very fine.)"
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 (shown here), Barcelona 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.

Catalog reference: KM 564.2, Cal. 219, Cayón-16285.


  • 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.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Pública 261, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2014.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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