Brazil 1771 1000 reis

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Heritage sale 3009, lot 20679
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This gold 1000 réis was minted at Lisbon and Rio without mintmark for Brazil during 1707-27, along with gold 2000 and 4000 réis. The commonest Brazilian gold coin of the early eighteenth century was the 4000 réis, called a "moidore" in English speaking countries. The specimen was lot 20678 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $1,840. The catalog description[1] noted, "Jose I gold 1000 Reis 1771, AU50 NGC, type with King's name as JOSEPHUS and title as PORT." For 1771, three varieties are listed; this one with "JOSEPHUS," another with "IOSEPHUS," and a third with "DOMINVS" on the reverse.

Recorded mintage: 23,000 (all varieties).

Specification: 2.01 g, .917 fine gold, .059 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 162.3.


  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • Pimentel, Alvaro Mendes, Catálogo de Moedas Brasileiras de 1643 a 1962, 9a Ed., Rio de Janeiro, 1962.
  • Amato, Claudio, Irlei S. Neves and Arnaldo Russo, Livro das Moedas do Brasil, 12a ed. Sao Paulo, 2008.
  • Alberto Gomes and Francisco Antonio Magro, Moedas Portuguesas e do Território Que Hoje é Portugal: Catálogo das Moedas Cunhadas para o Continentes e Ilhas Adjacentes, para os Territórios do Ultramar e Grão-Mestres Portugueses da Ordem de Malta, 6ª Edição, Lisbon: Associação Numismática de Portugal, 2013.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3009: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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