Angola 1785 1/4 macuta
This specimen was lot 29297 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description noted, "Portuguese Colony - Maria I 1/4 Macuta 1785 MS65 Brown NGC. Glossy brown on the obverse with original mint color highlighting portions of the reverse raised surfaces. Essentially mark-free as well, and as such, extremely rare." This type was struck for Angola in 1783-86 in Lisbon. It is not valued in the SCWC particularly highly but the catalog only depicts a line drawing, not a photo, suggesting its infrequent appearance. The Portuguese landed in 1491 and immediately made Angola 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.
Recorded mintage: 150,980.
Specification: 8.9-10.6 g, copper, 32 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 27, Gomes-01.01.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.