Venezuela 1858-A 5 reales
Though Venezuela declared independence in 1810 and fully routed Spanish troops from the region by 1821, it was not until the dissolution of Gran Colombia in 1830 that Venezuela became fully a sovereign nation. The first republican coinage was denominated in centavos and reales.
The 1858 5 real shown was struck at the Paris mint (A). It is a one year type, as are all reales issues from this period. It was lot 17650 and sold on June 2, 2006 at the 2006 (World Coins) June Long Beach Siganture Auction #410, for $632.50. The auction catalog description reads: "Republic 5 Reales 1858A, KM-Y11, toned VF, two tiny rim nicks below the date, barely noticeable. Very scarce grade for this ever-popular silver type."
Recorded mintage: 26,120.
Specification: 11.5g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.3328oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM Y11.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.