Brazil (1643) 120 reis

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50329
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 50329 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description[1] noted, "BRAZIL. 120 Reis, ND (1643). NGC VF-25. João IV (1640-56). Type 1, crowned 120 Reis countermark on an undated Spanish colonial cross & shield type 2 Reales of Bolivia. Host coin FINE, countermark VERY FINE." This type is listed in the SCWC as a "type I" countermark. Altho the SCWC claims the type is common, this specimen sold for nine times the catalog value. In 1695 mints were opened in Brazil, obviating the need for countermarks.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: host coin 6.77 g, .931 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-2; LDMB-006; Gomes-02.01.


  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • Pimentel, Alvaro Mendes, Catálogo de Moedas Brasileiras de 1643 a 1962, 9a Ed., Rio de Janeiro, 1962.
  • Amato, Claudio, Irlei S. Neves and Arnaldo Russo, Livro das Moedas do Brasil, 12a ed. Sao Paulo, 2008.
  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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