Brazil (1663) 125 reis

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image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This silver 125 réis was counterstamped in Brazil about 1663. The specimen was lot 20353 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $5,750. The catalog description[1] noted, "João IV 125 Reis Countermark on Portuguese Tostao (Porto), F/FV. Very rare. Listed as 'RRR' in Russo. Host coin is round and fully struck." This type is rare; it is listed in the SCWC as a "type IV" countermark. In 1695 mints were opened in Brazil, obviating the need for countermarks.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM 30, Russo 64.

Source:

  • 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 3009: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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