Spain Ferdinand and Isabella 1/2, 1, 4, 10 and 20 Excelente 1474 to 1504
In their joint reign, Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon have been known as the 'Catholic Monarchs' since the title was bestowed upon them by Pope Alexander VI in 1494. Their accomplishments are still remembered today, some for the better, such as authorizing the exploratory journeys of Christopher Columbus; and some for the worse, such as establishing the dreaded Spanish Inquisition.
These gold coins come in various denominations as listed below:
1/2 excelente: 3.5 grams, 21 mm in diameter
1 excelente: 7.0 grams, 29 mm in diameter
4 excelentes: 14.0 grams, 33 mm in diameter
10 excelentes: 35.2 grams, 42 mm in diameter
20 excelentes: 70.4 grams, 55 mm in diameter
worn: $400 US dollars approximate catalog value
well preserved: $1750
well preserved: $2000
well preserved: $20,000
well preserved: $250,000
well preserved: $600,000
Only worn specimens of the half and whole excelente denominations are available to the common collector. The larger coins are much scarcer and only rarely seen even at prestigious auctions. Be wary of fakes - only buy from sellers you know and trust.
The values above are all catalog values. Please see our Important Terminology page found at the top left in order to properly interpret these catalog values.
, Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Daniel Mills, Tue, 03-Jun-2014 11:09:02 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 03-Jun-2014 14:11:28 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Fri, 20-May-2016 01:07:07 GMT
Requester description: Side 1 Devices: Facing busts of Ferdinand and Isabella? in a circle of dots. 8 pronged star just above them with 4 equi-distant dots. 'S' sign with 4 equi-distant dots between them. Inscription read 'FERNANDVS o ET o ELISABET o DIEGRA?IA o REX o'. The '?' is unreadable. Side 2 Devices: Eagle? over shield. Shield split into 4. SW & NE are filled with 6 vertical lines, though some lines then make a diagonal cross with 2 stars inside. The NW & SE parts are sectioned into a further 4 parts with insignia inside. Inscription a little hard to with my untrained eye. Something like 'SVDoVMBRAoALARVMTVARVM'.
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