Angola 1783 10 macutas

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Wm. Rosenblum sale 44B, lot 102

This specimen was lot 102 in Wm. Rosenblum sale 44B (Colorado Springs, CO, December 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted: "Angola. Portuguese Africa. 1783. 10 Macutas. Crowned arms/Denomination within wreath. One year type issued under Maria I and Pedro III. Dark toned VF. Very rare. The last auction record we can find is one that sold in Germany for €1400 (+ buyer’s fee) in 2008. At that time that was more than $2000! A bit smaller than the average crown but this is 36mm in diameter and certainly falls into the definition of a crown, being between 33 and 50mm." Silver coins minted for Angola in the eighteenth century include two, four, six, eight, ten and twelve macutas. None are common, especially in undamaged condition.

Recorded mintage: 28,000.

Specification: 14.55 g, .917 fine silver, 35 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cr-22, KM-24, Dav-6, Gomes-08.01.


  • 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.
  • [1]Rosenblum, Wm. M., Mailbid Auction #44B: featuring the Philadelphia Collection, Littleton, CO, 2014.

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