Spain 1904-SM V 50 centimos (04)
In 1885, Alfonso XII died young of tuberculosis, leaving a posthumous son who was crowned Alfonso XIII. In 1869, the peso was reduced to 25 grams and set equal to five pesetas with each peseta divisible into 100 centimos. This system would prevail until the coming of the euro. After the turn of the century, repeated fiscal crises interrupted regular coinage. The next issue of fifty centimos would be in 1910. This design shows the king as a teen, no longer a boy king. In 1931, he was overthrown and exiled.
Recorded mintage: 5,294,000.
Specification: 2.5 g, .835 fine silver, .067 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-17604, KM 721.
- 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, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.