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Medieval Spain (Aragon) Obolo and Dinero of James I  1213 to 1276
Medieval Spain (Aragon) Obolo and Dinero of James I 1213 to 1276

Aragon is a large region of Northeast Spain. If you squint, cross your eyes, and (more importantly) know what you are looking for, you can make out ARA on the right side of the king's portrait and GON on the left. Our many thanks to THCoins at World of Coins who identified this piece for us.

The king himself is James I (with several spellings including Jaime, Chaime, Jacme, and Jaume), who reigned in Aragon from 1213 to 1276AD.

There are two denominations with essentially the same pattern:

OBOLO: about one-half gram
DINERO: about one gram

The obolo is somewhat more rare than the dinero:

OBOLO
worn: $30 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $150

DINERO
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $90

The dinero in our photo is in well preserved condition. It would sell for about $80 US dollars to a collector and about $40 to a coin dealer. If it were an obolo, the values would double.

Coin: 20659 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: adam, Sun, 07-Feb-2016 22:54:34 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 08-Feb-2016 22:10:18 GMT
Requester description: 1276 spain coin ?
Tags: medieval spain aragon obolo dinero james midieval mediaeval espana spainish hispanarvim hispan espanas hispanarvm hispaniarum hispanirvm spanich hispanarium hispana espania espa spanish hisp espanola hispa spai hispaniarvm dineros iacobvs jimmy jacobs jacobus jacobvs jacob lorraine circle ring cross circled encircle circlet circles circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling circular circumscribed

  

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