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Spanish Quartilla Coin Reversible Pendant

Spanish Quartilla Coin Reversible Pendant

   

Spanish Quarter Real coin in sterling silver ring. Obverse: Medieval castle, mint on left, denomination on right, date below. Reverse: Rampant and crowned lion rearing left, signifying the Spanish family of LEON. Ruler: Joseph-Napoleon Bonaparte as José I; Mint: Mexico City; Country: Mexico; Date: 1811. Framing: 14Kt gold and sterling silver with .04tw diamonds. Certificate of Authenticity

The real (meaning: "royal", plural: reales) was a unit of currency in Spain for several centuries. The tiny quarter real is the smallest coin ever minted in the new world. This coin was minted during the brief rule of Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte, (7 January 1768 – 28 July 1844). He was a French diplomat, nobleman and the elder brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, who made him King of Spain (1808–1813, as José I).

King Joseph's (José’s) Spanish supporters were labeled as josefinos or afrancesados (frenchified). During his reign, José I ended the Spanish Inquisition, partly because his brother Napoleon was at odds with Pope Pius VII at the time. Despite such efforts to win popularity, Joseph's foreign birth and support virtually guaranteed he would never be accepted as legitimate by the bulk of the Spanish people. During Joseph's rule of Spain, Mexico and Venezuela declared independence from Spain.

SKU NN-011316021003M
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