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Spain. 1809 AI 4 reales. Madrid Mint. Jose Napoleon. Choice Extremely Fine.

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Spain. 1809 AI 4 reales. Madrid Mint. Jose Napoleon. Choice Extremely Fine.

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Spain. 1809 AI 4 reales. Madrid Mint. Jose Napoleon. Choice Extremely Fine. Some lustre remains on slate gray surfaces, lightly toned with gold, more richly colored at reverse peripheries with gold and pale blue. A bit softly struck at centers, with a fatigued reverse die somewhat to blame, swollen most notably under the denomination R right of the shield. Some light hairlines are noted, but very attractive and natural in appearance. A scarce type, particularly so in high grade. Jose Napoleon, also known as Joseph-Napoleon Bonaparte, was Napoleon's older brother, who was made King of Spain following Napoleon's conquest. Joseph Bonaparte lived in the United States between 1817 and 1832, mostly in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. His portrait appears on Spanish issues between 1808 and 1814. Though denominated as a 4 reales, this is the same size and value as a mainland 2 reales -- basically making this a head pistareen of Joseph Bonaparte. Rarely found nice and underappreciated, this type not only could have circulated in early America, but also depicts a man who resided in the United States for a decade and a half.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10013009

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Spain. 1809 AI 4 reales. Madrid Mint. Jose Napoleon. Choice Extremely Fine. Some lustre remains on slate gray surfaces, lightly toned with gold, more richly colored at reverse peripheries with gold and pale blue. A bit softly struck at centers, with a fatigued reverse die somewhat to blame, swollen most notably under the denomination R right of the shield. Some light hairlines are noted, but very attractive and natural in appearance. A scarce type, particularly so in high grade. Jose Napoleon, also known as Joseph-Napoleon Bonaparte, was Napoleon's older brother, who was made King of Spain following Napoleon's conquest. Joseph Bonaparte lived in the United States between 1817 and 1832, mostly in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. His portrait appears on Spanish issues between 1808 and 1814. Though denominated as a 4 reales, this is the same size and value as a mainland 2 reales -- basically making this a head pistareen of Joseph Bonaparte. Rarely found nice and underappreciated, this type not only could have circulated in early America, but also depicts a man who resided in the United States for a decade and a half.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10013009

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