Angola 1858 1/2 macuta
This specimen was lot 42068 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $646.25. The catalog description noted, "ANGOLA. 1/2 Macuta, 1858. NGC MS-63 BN. The nicer example by an 18 point margin of the two coins seen at PCGS and NGC. Plenty of red remaining near the edges with no blotches or other distractions. Vastly superior to the other examples seen in the market and an irresistible opportunity for the specialist in Colonial Portuguese coinage." This type was struck for Angola in 1858 and 1860 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.
Recorded mintage: 226,000.
Specification: 19 g, copper, 37 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Gomes-P5.01.01; KM-58.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.