Spain 1859-Seg 5 centimos

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Aureo sale 233, lot 116
another specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The specimen shown was lot 116 in Aureo y Calico sale 233 (Barcelona, April 2011), where it sold for 80 euros (about US$133 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1859. Segovia. 5 céntimos de real. Bellísima. Brillo original. S/C. (Five centimos de real, 1859, Segovia mint. Very nice, mint luster, uncirculated.)"
This type was struck in Segovia 1854-64. It is one of the last coins to bear the aqueduct mintmark used since the sixteenth century. 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 but common.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: Cayón-16534, KM 602, Cal. 616.


  • 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]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, COLECCIÓN ANASTASIA DE QUIROGA, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2011.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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