Spain 1, 2, and 4 Reales (no Pillars)  1851 to 1864
Spain 1, 2, and 4 Reales (no Pillars) 1851 to 1864

These nice old silver coins were minted for some years during the reign of Isabella II of Spain. The design is mostly the same except, of course, for the denomination, which can be told by the inscription (i.e. 2R = 2 reales), or by the size and weight, listed after the denomination in the table of values below. There are similar looking coins which have pillars on either side of the shield. Click to this CoinQuest page for the 'with Pillars' coins.

On some coins noted below it is important to count the number of points on the two small stars beneath the shield on the back side of the coin. Get out your magnifier!

Further, some of these coins shows Isabel with a laureate head, that is, on with a crown of leaves that signify success. The values below apply to both plain and laureate portraits.

1 REAL (1.31 g, 15 mm):
worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $45
1 real coins dated 1854 and 1855 with a 7-pointed star are scarce in better grades - double the above values for coins that are average circulated or better.
1 real coins dated 1857 to 1859 (laureate head) catalog at $125 in well preserved condition

2 REALES (2.63 g, 18 mm):
worn: $7
average circulated: $45
well preserved: $150
Some 2 reales are scarcer. Multiply the above values by 2 for the following coins:
1853 (6-pointed star)
1854 and 1855 (7-pointed star)
1852, 1854 and 1855 (8-pointed star)
1859 and 1860 coins (laureate head) are more common. Divide these values by two.

4 REALES (5.26 g, 23.2 mm):
worn: $7
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $125
4 reales dated 1855 (6-pointed star) catalog at $10 when worn
4 reales dated 1854 (7-pointed and 8-pointed star) catalog at $50 when average circulated
4 reales dated 1855 (7-pointed and 8-pointed star) catalog at $25 when worn, 100 average circulated, $250 when well preserved
coins dated 1858 (laureate head) are more rare and catalog at $1000 in well preserved condition.

These are all catalog values, and you must refer to our 'Important Terminology' page on the top left in order to properly interpret them.

Remember to never clean a coin. A cleaned coin is considered to be damaged. Other damage could be ugly scratches, a bent coin, a coin mounted as jewelry, a holed coin, or anything else that defaces the coin. Damaged coins are worth much, much less. Collectors dislike them.

Coin: 14966 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Drew, Sat, 20-Jul-2013 13:47:33 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 21-Jul-2013 01:39:13 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Wed, 08-Jul-2015 02:25:16 GMT
Requester description: 1853 Front:1853 Isabel 2. Por la gracia de dios y la const Picture of a woman (isabel I assume) facing right with her hair tied in a bun. Back: coat of arms with 2 lions opposite each other and 2 castles opposite each other in the center is three stars, above the coat of arms is a crown. Words read; reina de las espanas. Also has a 4 on the left side and the letters Rs on the right of the coat of arms
Tags: spain 1 2 4 reales pillars column espana spainish hispanarvim hispan espanas hispanarvm hispaniarum hispanirvm spanich hispanarium hispana espania espa spanish hisp espanola hispa spai hispaniarvm real reale piller columns upright pillar isabel por gracia grace dios god const woman hair tied tie bun coat shield arms lions lion castles castle center offcenter three stars star crown reina las letters monogram isabella isabell isabela gods goddess deus deum dei diety deity godess devm deo dom divine femal women lady female feminine fem womans females womens ladys princess ladies hairdo hairline sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon tiger cougar tigers castel off offset certer centre centers centered starrs crowned tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials ribbon starburst burst


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