10,000 PESETAS face value coin (50 reals, silver cincuentin)

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Metal: 925 fine silver
Weight: 168.75 grams
Diameter: 73 mm
Form: Circular with plain edge
Quality: Proof
Mintage struck: 8,000 pieces


OBVERSE: In the center of the field is a reproduction of the reverse side of a 50 real silver piece, or cincuentin, of Phillip IV, struck in Segovia. Surrounding the central motif is the legend CASA DE LA MONEDA DE SEGOVIA above; and 2001, the year struck, below. The cincuentin was invented in Segovia at the Royal Mill Mint, in 1609, and is the largest Spanish coin ever minted. They could only be struck under explicit orders from the King, and only at the Segovia facility. The highest know quanty minted in any one year is 300 pieces. They were used as special gifts by the king, and as incentives to attract the gold and silver merchants in Seville, to bring their metals to Segovia for striking.

REVERSE: In the center of the field is a representation of a rolling mill, as used at the Segovia Mint. Surrounding that central motif is the legend 10,000 PESETAS above, and ESPAŅA below; on the lower left an aqueduct (Segovia mintmark), and on the lower right a crowned M (Madrid mintmark). This special mill, used for rolling the coin impression onto metal strips, was invented in Germany around 1550. They were implanted in the Royal Segovia Mint from its beginning, and this technology used until 1772 when the coining mills were replaced with screw presses. From then on, the mills were only used to roll and flaten the strips. From 1661 to 1664 this type of coining mill was installed in all the other Spanish mints, to roll - a la Segoviana - a copper coin series.