SPAIN 2 reales 1814 Madrid


SPAIN, Fernando VII, 1808-33, 2 reales, 1814 M GJ, Madrid mint, silver, KM460.2, VG

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Ferdinand (Fernando) VII became king of Spain in 1808 when circumstances forced the abdication of his father, Carlos IV. Napoleon took him to France and replaced him for a relative. Back in power after the defeat of Napoleon he proceeded to rule badly in a floridly autocratic style that alienated everyone and provoked the sucessful rebellions of almost all of the Spanish possessions in the New World. He died in the midst of a decaying dicatatorship.

Spanish towns were issuing coins in the days of the Greeks and Phoenicians. The united kingdom began with Ferdinand and Isabella and lasted, with interruptions, until today.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.