• 5 Pesetas 1895-1899, KM# 707, Spain, Alfonso XIII
  • 5 Pesetas 1895-1899, KM# 707, Spain, Alfonso XIII
Description

Alfonso XIII (Alfonso León Fernando María Jaime Isidro Pascual Antonio de Borbón y Habsburgo-Lorena; 1886–1941) was King of Spain from 1886 until the proclamation of the Second Republic in 1931. Alfonso was monarch from birth as his father, Alfonso XII, had died the previous year. Alfonso's mother, Maria Christina of Austria, served as regent until he assumed full powers on his sixteenth birthday in 1902.

During Alfonso's reign Spain experienced four major problems that contributed to the end of the liberal monarchy: the lack of real political representation of broad social groups, the poor situation of the popular classes, especially peasants, problems arising from the Rif War and Catalan nationalism. This political and social turbulence that began with the Spanish–American War prevented the turnaround parties from establishing a true liberal democracy, which led to the establishment of the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera. With the political failure of the dictatorship, Alfonso impelled a return to the democratic normality with the intention of regenerating the regime. Nevertheless, it was abandoned by all political classes, as they felt betrayed by the king's support of the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera.

He left Spain voluntarily after the municipal elections of April 1931, that was taken as a plebiscite between monarchy or republic. In exile, he retained his claim to the defunct throne until 1941, when he renounced his claim in favour of his third son Juan (whose eldest son, Juan Carlos, did eventually become king when the monarchy was restored) and died six weeks later. Buried in Rome, his remains were not transferred until 1980 to the Pantheon of the Kings in the monastery of El Escorial.

Engraver: Bartolomé Maura Montaner

Obverse

Child's portrait in left profile of Alfonso XIII, surrounded by the inscription "Alfonso XIII by the Grace of God", date below.

The big embossed date corresponds to the year of approval for the design of the coin. The date of manufacture is stamped on the stars before (first two digits) and after the date (last two digits).

ALFONSO XIII POR LA G•DE DIOS
B•M•
* 1898 *

Reverse

Pillars of Hercules version of the national coat of arms (Bourbonic Restoration, 1875-1931), value below.

The Spanish coat of arms is composed of six other arms: castle of Castile, lion of León, stripes of Aragon, chains of Navarre, pomegranate flower of Granada and fleur-de-lis of the House of Bourbon.

On either side of the coat of arms are the Pillars of Hercules, the mythological name given to the Straits of Gibraltar. The banner round the pillars is the national motto of Spain "Plus Ultra" which means "further beyond" in Latin, referring to the Americas and the former Spanish territories.

The letters in front and behind the face value are the initials of the first names of testers and judge of balance responsible for the calibration of the weights of the coins.

REY CONST.L DE ESPAÑA
PLUS ULTRA
S•G• 5 PESETAS •V•

Edge

Three groups of nine fleur-de-lis.

5 Pesetas

3rd portrait
KM# 707 Cal# 24-28
Characteristics
Material Silver
Fineness 0.900
Weight 25 g
Diameter 37.4 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Alt # Cal# 24, Cal# 25, Cal# 26, Cal# 27, Cal# 28
Mint
Royal Spanish Mint (FNMT-RCM)

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