Spain 1852 4 reales 6 point star
The first specimen was lot 947 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,028.50. The catalog description noted, "SPAIN, Reino de España. Isabel II. 1833-1868. AR 4 Reales. Decimal real coinage. Madrid mint; im: 6 pointed star. Dated 1852. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 66. Gem to super gem. Incredible complex lustrous colors in various hues. Fantastic eye appeal. Only example graded for date with one graded higher in MS 67 for type. Purchased November 1969." This type was struck in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville 1852-55. Instead of the traditional mintmarks the issues are distinguished by six, seven or eight pointed stars on the reverse (for Madrid, Seville and Barcelona). 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.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 5.26 g, .900 fine silver, .152 troy oz ASW, the first specimen Ø23 mm, 5.23 g, 12h axis.
Catalog reference: Cayón-17023, KM 600.2.
- 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.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.