8 Maravedi Spain Copper Charles IV of Spain (1748-1819)

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1806

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Untitled Document

1806, Spain, Charles IV. Large Copper 8 Maravedis Coin.


Mint Year: 1806

Reference: KM-428.

Denomination: 8 Maravedis

Mint Place: Segovia (Aqueduct)

Weight: 11.99gm

Material: Copper

Diameter: 31mm


Obverse: Profile bust of Charles III right. Value numeral (8) in right field, mintmark (Aqueduct) in left field.

Legend: CAROLUS . IIII . D . G . HISP . REX . 1806 .


Reverse: Stylized florenzada cross inside wreath, stms of Castile and León in fields. Three lis of Anjou in centered oval frame.



Charles IV (November 11, 1748 – January 20, 1819) was King of Spain from December 14, 1788 until his abdication on March 19, 1808.


Charles was the second son of Charles III and his wife Maria Amalia of Saxony. He was born at Portici, while his father was king of the Two Sicilies. His elder brother don Felipe was passed over for the two thrones as mentally retarded and epileptic.


Charles had inherited a great frame and immense physical strength from the Saxon line of his mother, granddaughter of August II of Poland. When young he was fond of wrestling with the strongest countrymen he could find. He was considered by many to be intellectually sluggish and quite credulous. His wife Maria Luisa of Parma, on the other hand, was seen by many (including by the painter Francisco Goya) as a vicious and coarse woman who thoroughly dominated the king. During his father’s lifetime he was led by her into court intrigues which aimed at driving the king’s favourite minister, Count of Floridablanca, from office, and replacing him by Pedro Pablo Abarca de Bolea, Count of Aranda, the chief of the “Aragonese” party.


After he succeeded to the throne in 1788 his one serious occupation was hunting. Affairs were left to be directed by his wife and her, alleged, lover Manuel de Godoy. Although Godoy essentially took over his wife and his office, the king was favourable towards him for all his life. When terrified by the French Revolution he turned to the Inquisition to help him against the party which would have carried the reforming policy of Charles III much further. But he never took more than a passive part in the direction of his own government. He simply obeyed the impulse given him by the queen and Godoy. In 1803, after smallpox had affected his daughter María Luísa, the king commissioned his doctor Francisco Javier de Balmis to bring the vaccine to the Spanish colonies on state expenses.


He had a profound belief in his divine right and the sanctity of his person. He thought it very important to seem a very powerful monarch, although his kingdom was treated as a mere dependency by France and his throne was dominated by the queen and her lover. Spain allied with France and supported the Continental Blockade, but withdrew after the Battle of Trafalgar. When Napoleon won from Prussia in 1807, Godoy returned to the French side, but France no longer considered Spain a worthy ally. But even the alliance with France, as it was, made Godoy’s rule unpopular and fueled the partido fernandista, the supporters of Ferdinand, who favored a close relationship with Great Britain.

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Untitled Document 1806, Spain, Charles IV. Large Copper 8 Maravedis Coin. (F+) Segovia mint! Condition: Fine+ Mint Year: 1806 Reference: KM-428. Denomination: 8 Maravedis Mint Place: Segovia (Aqueduct) Weight: 11.99gm Material: Copper Diameter: 31mm Obverse: Profi ...

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1804, Kingdom of Spain, Charles IV. Large Copper 8 Maravedis Coin. Damaged aVF- Mint Year: 1804 Reference: KM-428. Denomination: 8 Maravedis Mint Mark: Segovia (Aqueduct) Condition: Damaged (hits and scratches in obverse, possibly re-toned), otherwise about VF! Material: Copper D ...

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