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Spain 1/2, 1, 2, 4, and 8 Reales  1700 to 1771
Spain 1/2, 1, 2, 4, and 8 Reales 1700 to 1771

That's a great old coin from Spain, Paige. Look at the picture of this wonderful example from Civitas Galleries in Middleton, WI. The Civitas coin is in such good condition, without much wear and no scratches, stains, cleanings, marks, and the like, it is on sale for a little more than $300 US dollars. This is a good price for such a nice piece.

Coins with this 'crowed coat of arms' pattern were minted by several Spanish kings of the period, including:

- Philip V (Phs) 1700 to 1746
- Luis I (Ludouicus) 1724
- Fernando VI (Ferd, Ferdnd, Frdnd, Frd) 1746 to 1759
- Charles III (Carlos, Carolus, Carolvs, Carol, Car) 1759 to 1788

You can see their names on the side with the crowned arms.

As to value, we can give only approximate ideas for the various coins. You should consult a knowledgeable collector or coin dealers for closer estimates, because the subject of old Spanish coins is complicated, and there are many nuances and subtleties involved. Spanish coins were minted in Spain but also in many countries in the New World, and all of them carry an elaborate system of mint marks and assayer's initials. Details like this are beyond CoinQuest's ken. You need a real coin catalog.

For a discussion of related Spanish Colonial coins, click to this CoinQuest link.

Here are some very approximate catalog values. You must apply the concepts on our Important Terminology page (link at upper left) to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values. In general the older coins of Philip and Fernando are worth more than the newer coins of Charles III.

1/2 REALES (15 mm diameter)
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $60

1 REAL (21 mm diameter)
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $80
1 reals dated before 1707 are quite rare; multiply these values by 8
1 reals dated 1711J, 1717J, and 1720J are more rare; multiply these values by 3

2 REALES (26 mm diameter)
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $70
well preserved: $120
2 reales dated before 1716 are more rare; multiply these values by 4

4 REALES (32 mm diameter)
worn: $80 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $150
well preserved: $600
4 reales dated 1728JJ, 1731F, 1732JF, 1782JD, 1784JD, 1788M, 1782CF are more rare; values are doubled over those shown

8 REALES (38 mm diameter)
worn: $250 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $450
well preserved: $900
8 reales dated before 1718 are more rare; values are doubled over those shown

As with all valuable coins, you must be aware that counterfeits exist. CoinQuest thanks Civitas Galleries for use of their coin image. It's a beauty!

Coin: 7681 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Paige, Tue, 10-May-2011 01:30:20 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 23-Mar-2013 21:32:56 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 23-Mar-2013 21:32:16 GMT
Requester description: 1738 Side 1: '* Philippus * V * D * G *' Devices on this side include: Crown atop a crest. The top left of the crest is three boxes with small symbols, the box at the top right has vertical stripes and an X overtop. There is a small box in the middle of the crest with three marks and three sections side by side along the bottom of the crest, some with lines, some with symbols. On the left side of the crest there are the letters RS (vertically) and on the right side the letters IPJ appear vertically. Side 2: '* 1738 * Hispaniarum * Rex *' Device on this side: cross in the middle with four sections. The top right and bottom left sections have what appears to be a lion or maybe a dragon, and the top left and bottom right have a castle. The cross and the four sections are encircled by double lines.
Tags: spain 1 2 4 8 reales real reale philippus philip v crown crest coat three boxes square symbols symbol box vertical stripes stripe an x marks mark lines line letters letter rs vertically ipj hispaniarum rex cross four lion dragon castle encircled circle double philipv philippvs phil phipip filip philipvs felipe philippe phillip arms coats crests insignia creast suared squarish boxed squared squares symbles symbal simbol symbels symobols simble stipes striped deutschemark marke dutchemark markt deuchmark marc marck leters lettering lettered verticle dragons circled encircle crrcle cirle circlet ring circles circlr circal citcle ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed luis fernando ludouicus charles carol carolu karolus karolvs karol charlie carolvsvidg carolus carolvs shield tiger tiara lions cougar crowned crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera

Comments

Just wanted to let you know a 1 reale is 21mm, real close to a U.S. Nickel. I ordered a 19 mm bezel for my coin without measuring it and with using your specs and that was a mistake. - ScallyWags
Sorry. Measure twice, cut once. - CoinQuest (Paul)

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