Spain 1850-S RD 2 reales

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Aureo sale 261, lot 643. 1850/47 overdate?
This type was struck in Madrid and Seville 1844-51. It is among the last of the "de vellon" coinage where twnety reales = one peso of 27.07 grams. In 1850, the twenty reales was reduced to 26.91 grams and the copper maravedis dropped in favor of 1/20, 1/10 and 1/5 reales. Unfortunately, the government, financially prostrate as usual, was unable to remint the old coins, which continued to circulate as before. The coinage would be reformed a second time in 1866. The second specimen was lot 643 in Aureo y Calicó sale 261 (Barcelona, July 2014), where it sold for €75 (about US$120 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1850. Isabel II. Sevilla. RD. 2 reales. Buen ejemplar. MBC+/EBC-. (Isabel II, 1833-68, two reales of 1850, Seville mint. Nice example, very fine to extremely fine.)"
Large and small date varieties exist for this year as well as 1850/47 and 1850/43 overdates.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.70 g, .903 fine silver, .078 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-16901, KM 526.2, Cal. 378.


  • 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, and Tracy L. Schmidt, ‘’Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed.’’, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Pública 261, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2014.

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