Spain 1859 20 reales 6 point star
"20 Reales 1859. Madrid. Vorzüglich-FDC. (Spain, twenty reales of 1859, Madrid mint, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"This Spanish twenty reales was part of the first decimal reform of 1850-64. In 1850, the twenty reales was reduced to 26.91 grams. This having proven unsatisfactory, the coinage was reformed again in 1864. The twenty reales was dropped in favor of a two escudos silver coin, reduced to 25.96 grams. One hundred centimos = one escudo. Instead of the traditional "M" and "S" mintmarks the issues are distinguished by three, four, six, seven or eight pointed stars on the reverse (for Segovia, Jubia, Madrid, Seville and Barcelona). Unfortunately, the government, financially prostrate as usual, was unable to remint the old coins, which continued to circulate as before.
Recorded mintage: unknown but a common date.
Specification: 26.91 g, .900 fine silver, .760 troy oz ASW, this specimen 25.86 g.
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