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1870 Spain 10 Centimos

 
 
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 Posted 04/11/2017  7:35 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Found this in a bin of "castoffs" today. A one year type issued by a provisional government after Queen Isabella II had been forced to flee the country. Regardless, over 170 million were struck. That said, it still becomes pretty pricey at XF and better. I'm not sure this specimen gets over that bar, but I loved the dark chocolate brown coloration it's acquired over the years.





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04/11/2017 11:11 pm
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Uruguay
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 Posted 04/11/2017  9:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cara to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin Lucky Cuss, In Spain it was colloquially called "perra gorda" (fat dog) due to the strange lion on reverse. The 5 cents was called "perra chica" (little dog).
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04/11/2017 9:49 pm
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 Posted 04/12/2017  6:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add PatAR to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Coinage, especially silver coinage of Spain, was in short supply in Spain during and shortly after the reign of Isabel II. Coins from France and other European countries were also in circulation in Spain at the time. Silver and copper/bronze coins of Isabel's reign and the subsequent Spanish governments saw heavy use. This is why most are encountered below XF condition.

The allegory of Spain, Hispania, seen on the obverse was engraved by Luis Marchionni. Marchionni's career began in the midst of Isabel II's era and he became the chief engraver at the Madrid mint by 1854. He is the same engraver responsible for the beautiful laureate head portraits of Isabel II on coins of the 2nd and 3rd Decimal periods (circa 1854-1868).

The reverse design of the lion and shield likely originated from a rare Isabel II pattern 5 céntimos de escudo dated 1865 (only two examples known). The design was not used on the Isabel II coins, but was likely revived and modified for these popular provisional government coins.

The OM in exergue on the reverse stands for Oeschger Mesdach & Co., a private French firm under contract with Spain to strike bronze coinage at Spanish mints beginning in 1865.

Also, the eight-pointed stars on the reverse indicate this coin was struck at the Barcelona mint.

There is so much history in every coin!
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04/12/2017 6:40 pm
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 Posted 04/12/2017  6:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add otto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very attractive.
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 Posted 04/12/2017  11:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cara to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another interesting fact, in order to understand the price of these coins in XF or higher:

Although more than 170 millions were minted, they circulated until Spanish civil war was over. They were officially taken out of circulation in 1941 when new coins were minted....more than 70 years!!
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 Posted 04/13/2017  04:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add X2an to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Although more than 170 millions were minted, they circulated until Spanish civil war was over. They were officially taken out of circulation in 1941 when new coins were minted....more than 70 years!!


Thankfully, more 10 Centimos coins were minted under the reign of Alfonso (number 8?), so they weren't the only coins circulating up until the end. Still, those coins were added in in 1888 and 1889, so they too saw a very extensive life.

Like many French 10 Centimes coins of Napolen III, these are indeed hard to find in good conditions, especially when looking around in every bargain bin. Nice looking coin!



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 Posted 04/13/2017  05:16 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lovely specimen, Lucky Cuss!

A book I have on the history of Spanish railroads says that the copper from the coins withdrawn and melted down in 1941 was used to make the copper wire for the electrification of the line from Madrid to Avila!
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