Angola 1784 4 macutas

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 1200
This specimen was lot 1200 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €170 (about US$235 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ANGOLA, Maria et Pedro III (1777-1786), AR 4 macutas, 1784. Très Beau. (Angola, Maria I and Peter II, 1777-86, silver four macutas of 1784, very fine.)"
This type was struck for Angola in 1783-84 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. Silver issues in the eighteenth century included two, four, six, eight, ten and twelve macutas, most of them scarce.

Recorded mintage: 30,000.

Specification: 5.7 g, .917 fine silver, 26 mm diameter, this specimen 5,63 g.

Catalog reference: KM-22, Gomes 05.02.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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