Brazil (1643) 480 reis

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40428
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40428 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description[1] noted, "BRAZIL. 480 Reis, ND (1643). NGC EF-45. João IV (1640-56). Type 1, crowned 480 Reis countermark on an undated Spanish cross and shield type Philip III 8 Reales of the Toledo Mint. Toned and lustrous. Host coin VERY FINE, countermark EXTREMELY FINE." This type is listed in the SCWC as a "type I" countermark. In 1695 mints were opened in Brazil, obviating the need for countermarks.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: host coin 27.07 g, .931 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-4; LDMB-007; Gomes-04.01.


  • 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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