Spain 1850-Seg 1/2 real

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Aureo sale 233, lot 107
This specimen was lot 107 in Aureo & Calicó sale 233 (Barcelona, April 2011), where it sold for 420 euro (about US$699 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1850. Segovia. 1/2 real = 5 décimas. Bella. Brillo original. Rara así. S/C-. (Half real of 1850, Segovia mint. Nice, original luster, rare thus, about uncirculated.)"
This Spanish half real was struck in Segovia during the middle years of Isabel II (1833-68). The "de vellon" coinage system, used 1808-50, was finally dropped in 1852. 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. This half real was struck in Segovia 1848-53 and in Jubia and Madrid. Unfortunately, the government, financially prostrate as usual, was unable to remint the old coins, which continued to circulate as before.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: Cayón-16767, KM 591.3, Cal. 575.


  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, COLECCIÓN ANASTASIA DE QUIROGA, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2011.
  • 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.

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