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Spain 50 Centimos and 1, 2, and 5 Pesetas (Alfonso XII and XIII)  1876 to 1902
Spain 50 Centimos and 1, 2, and 5 Pesetas (Alfonso XII and XIII) 1876 to 1902

These silver coins from Spain have king Alfonso on the front and a 'crowned pillars and shield' design on the back. Some of the can be quite valuable, especially in well preserved condition. There are several coins that look similar, even some from Spanish colonies, but this page applies only to coins with:

ALFONSO XII or ALFONSO XIII
POR LA G (GRACIA) DE DIOS (by the grace of God)
REY CONSTL DE ESPANA (king of the constitutional state of Spain)

Alfonso XIII reigned even as an infant, and coins with his childhood likeness are very obvious. One is called the 'toddler head' then the 'baby head' and finally the 'child head.' See our additional images.

Denominations appear on the reverse side:

50 CENT: 0.067 troy ounces silver
1 (UN) PESETA: 0.134 ounces silver
2 PESETAS: 0.238 ounces
5 PESETAS: 0.723 ounces

Catalog values run like this:

50 CENT ALFONSO XII (1880 to 1885)
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $150

50 CENT ALFONSO XIII TODDLER (1880 to 1885)
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $35
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculated: $150
50 centimos dated 1892 are quite common and are worth much less

50 CENT ALFONSO XIII BABY (1894)
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $60

50 CENT ALFONSO XIII CHILD (1896 to 1900)
worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $130
fully uncirculated: $200
50 centimos dated 1900 are quite common and are worth much less

1 PESETA ALFONSO XII (1876 to 1885)
worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $250
fully uncirculated: $400
1 pesetas dated1882 and 1883 are quite common and are worth less, about $30 in average circulated condition
1 pesetas dated 1884 are very rare, worth $3000 in well preserved condition

1 PESETA ALFONSO XIII TODDLER (1889 to 1891)
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $250
1 pesetas dated 1889 are rare, worth $1000 in well preserved condition

1 PESETA ALFONSO XIII BABY (1893 to 1894)
worn: $35 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $150
well preserved: $350
fully uncirculated: $850

1 PESETA ALFONSO XIII CHILD (1896 to 1902)
worn: $7 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $40
fully uncirculated: $100
1 pesetas dated 1902 are somewhat more rare and are worth slightly more

2 PESETA ALFONSO XII (1881 to 1884)
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $250
2 pesetas dated 1882 are quite common and are worth much less

2 PESETA ALFONSO XIII TODDLER (1889 to 1892)
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $400
fully uncirculated: $700
2 pesetas dated 1892 are quite common and are worth much less

2 PESETA ALFONSO XIII BABY (1894)
worn: $100 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $500
fully uncirculated: $800

5 PESETAS ALFONSO XII (1877 to 1885)
worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $500
5 pesetas dated 1881 are somewhat more rare, worth $500 in well preserved condition

5 PESETAS ALFONSO XIII TODDLER (1888 to 1892)
worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculated: $200
5 pesetas dated 1888 with MS-M mint mark (not MP-M) are very rare, cataloging near $2000 in well preserved condition

5 PESETAS ALFONSO XIII BABY (1892 to 1894)
worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculated: $200
5 pesetas dated 1893 are somewhat more rare, double these values

5 PESETAS ALFONSO XIII CHILD (1896 to 1899)
worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculated: $140

Be sure you understand what 'catalog value' means by reading our Important Terminology page (link at upper left).

The coin in the picture is from a gorgeous collection of crown-sized coins at this blogspot page. CoinQuest thanks the blogger for use of this photo. It's a beauty!

Coin: 1721 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: j2dor, Thu, 29-Oct-2009 19:50:21 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 20-Jul-2013 01:39:38 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 10-Dec-2012 22:48:03 GMT
Requester description: 1885 (F) ALPHONSO XII POR LA G DE DIOS 1885 (B) REY CONST] L DE ESPANA M.S. 5 PESETAS M.
Tags: spain 50 centimos centimo 1 2 5 pesetas alfonso xii xiii cenitmos alfonzo alphonso por la de dios rey const espana constl spainish hispan espanas hispanirvm spanich hispana espania espa spanish hisp espanola pillars pillar crown ribbon shield coat arms piller coats crests insignia crest creast column tiara columns upright crowned crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera

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