Brazil (1663) 250 reis

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Heritage sale 3009, lot 20346
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Heritage sale 3012, lot 23142
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This silver 250 réis was counterstamped in Brazil about 1663. The first specimen was lot 20346 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $431.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "João IV 2S0 Reis Countermark on Portuguese 200 Reis (Porto), better Fine."

The second specimen was lot 23143 in Heritage sale 3012 (New York, January 2011), where it sold for $747.50. The catalog description[2] noted,
"Pedro II Crowned 250 (Reis) Counterstamped on a Portugal 1/2 Cruzado of João IV Porto (Decree of 1688), choice toned VF+ countermark and host coin, a most attractive example of this revalued coinage. On this variety the 250 is expressed as 2S0."
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 33.3, Russo 26.

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

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