Spain 1847-B PS 4 reales

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Aureo sale 233, lot 351
The specimen shown was lot 351 in Aureo y Calico sale 233 (Barcelona, April 2011), where it sold for 210 euros (about US$350 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1847. Barcelona. PS. 4 reales. Ligerísimas rayitas reverso. Bella. Brillo original. Escasa. EBC. (Four reales de vellon, 1847, Barcelona mint. Very handsome, much mint luster, slightly weak reverse, extremely fine.)
The "de vellon" coinage system, used 1808-50, set 20 reales = 1 peso instead of the traditional eight. The coins minted using that standard were not marked in any way different from the concurrent eight reales standard, a source of confusion for collectors today. It must have been a major irritant for the inhabitants of the time. The type was struck 1838-49 at Barcelona, Madrid and Seville.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 5.416 g, .896 fine silver, .156 troy oz ASW. The SCWC lists this type as 13.54 g, which is manifestly wrong for this coin, which is lighter than a quarter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-17015, KM 519.1, Cal-271.


  • 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, COLECCIÓN ANASTASIA DE QUIROGA, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2011.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, ‘’Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed.’’, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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