Angola 1763 macuta
This specimen was lot 22225 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $408. The catalog description noted, "ANGOLA. Macuta, 1763. Lisbon Mint. Jose I. NGC AU-53 Brown. An immensely charming specimen never encountered so pleasing, featuring glossy brown surfaces with little evidence of any handling. Not surprisingly, the finest certified in the NGC census. A bit conservatively graded in the opinion of this cataloger." This type was struck for Angola in Lisbon. The Portuguese landed in 1491 and immediately made the region a major slaving station, which trade would not end until the 1850's when the British Royal Navy interdicted the trade. The later nineteenth century was devoted to resource extraction and fending off attempts by the other colonizing powers to seize territory. This type was struck 1762-63 and 1770.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-12.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- 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.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The January 2020 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.