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Spain: Let's have another revolution

Started by Figleaf, May 18, 2009, 02:21:15 AM

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In history, the succession of a woman to the throne often brought war, as women were thought to be weak. Such was the case when Isabella II succeeded her father when she was 3 years old. Her uncle, Infante Don Carlos María Isidro Benito, Count de Molina, claimed the throne. The dispute resulted in three utterly vicious Carlist civil wars. There is still a Carlist claimant to the throne of Spain.

Both contenders were probably unworthy of the crown. Carlos was stupid, a bigot, an autocrat and probably a coward. Isabel turned out to be just as stupid, clumsy, arch-conservative, manipulative and easy to manipulate. However, Carlos would have withdrawn his father's constitution, so Isabel's followers called themselves liberals. On most of her coins (except the first series), Isabel is styled as a constitutional monarch (POR LA GRACIA DE DIOS Y LA CONSTITUTION).

In Catalonia, the Carlist wars were seen as an opportunity. The region had lost its local autonomy after the war of the Spanish succession and it was hoping to regain its ancient rights. They were bitterly disappointed by both sides and their rebellion was bloodily repressed.

The coin has the inner part of the Bourbon Spanish arms (Castile and Léon in the quarters, Granada below, heart shield Borbón) and the name and title of Isabel with a reference to the constitution on one side and the arms of Catalonia on the other side. The legend PRINCIPAT DE CATALUÑA refers to hopes of autonomy, as does the denomination of 6 cuartos, which is Catalonian, not Spanish.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.