Brazil (1643) 240 reis

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image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This silver 250 réis was counterstamped in 1643 by the Portuguese authorities in Brazil. The specimen was lot 23141 in Heritage sale 3012 (New York, January 2011), where it sold for $488.75. The catalog description[1] noted,
"João IV Crowned 240 (Reis) Counterstamped on a Spain cob 4 Reales of Toledo ND, extremely bold countermark and nicely centered on the Spanish host coin. A lovely example and certainly among the finest known. Authorized in 1643."
This type is seldom seen. The SCWC lists this as a Type I counterstamp; the Portuguese ran up to a Type VIII counterstamp before finally deciding to open a mint in Brazil.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, 13.54 g.

Catalog reference: KM 3, Russo-7.


  • 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]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3012: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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