Spain 1850 20 reales 6 point star

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Sincona sale 6, lot 3946
The third specimen was lot 3946 in Sincona sale 6, where it sold for 4,250 CHF (about US$5,230 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SPANIEN Isabella II. 1833-1868. 20 Reales 1850, Madrid. Fast FDC aus Polierter Platte. (Twenty reales of 1850, Madrid mint. Choice uncirculated on polished planchet.)"
This Spanish twenty reales de vellon was struck in Seville during the middle years of Isabel II (1833-68). This type was struck in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville 1850-55. Instead of the traditional "M" and "S" mintmarks the issues are distinguished by six, seven or eight pointed stars on the reverse (for Madrid, Seville and Barcelona). The "de vellon" coinage system, used 1808-50, was finally dropped. 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.

Recorded mintage: 500,000.

Specification: 26.29 g, .900 fine silver, .761 troy oz ASW, this specimen 26,32 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-17187, C.T. 164, KM 593.2, Dav-333.

Sources:

  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 5, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.
  • 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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