Spain 1847-M CL 2 reales

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CNG Lissner collection, lot 930

This specimen was lot 930 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $302.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "SPAIN, Reino de España. Isabel II. 1833-1868. AR 2 Reales. De Vellon coinage. Madrid mint. José Luis de Castroviejo and Eugenio de Lara, assayers. Dated 1847 M CL. (De Vellon coinage, weight of ~2.7 g). In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Lightly toned satiny choice uncirculated. Only two graded for the type, so this is tied for highest ever. Purchased from Dennis Gill, December 1971." This type was struck in Madrid 1844-49, all with assayer CL. The Spanish "de vellon" coinage system, used 1808-50, set twenty 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. In 1850 the currency was decimalized and the twenty reales reduced to 26.91 grams.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a common date.

Specification: 2.70 g, .903 fine silver, this specimen Ø18 mm, 2.98 g, 12h axis.

Catalog reference: Cayón-16894, KM 526.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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