5 reales

Principality of Catalonia1641

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona

Obverse legend: PRINCIPA-T-CATALONA.
Obverse description: Shield crowned with the arms of Catalonia, above cross of Saint Eulalia; at the sides, ./V/.-./R/.
Reverse legend: CIVI-TAS.-VICEN-.1641.
Reverse description: Cross intersecting the legend; in the centre, lozenge with the arms of Vic.

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  • Title: 5 reales
  • Date Created: 1641
  • Physical Dimensions: h36 mm
  • Mint: Vic
  • Issuing authority: Principality of Catalonia
  • Inventory number: 003767-N
  • Description: During the 'War of the Reapers' (1640-1652), significant changes took place in the currency minted in Catalonia. At first, issues continued with the name of King Philip IV, although new monetary values were manufactured. When Catalonia declared independence in 1641, the king's name was replaced with the legend PRINCIPATVS CATALONIAE, at the same time as mints opened in towns all over Catalonia, amongst which Vic stands out. As a distinguishing feature the municipality added the name of the town to the design on the reverse, along with the local coat of arms against an eight-pointed cross.
  • Artwork history: Former collections of the Numismatic Cabinet of Catalonia
  • Type: Numismatics
  • External Link: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
  • Medium: Silver


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