Brazil (1688) 250 reis

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Ponterio sale 177, lot 13056
image courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This silver 250 réis was counterstamped in Brazil about 1688. This specimen was lot 13056 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $1,058. The catalog description[1] noted, "BRAZIL. 250 Reis, ND (1688). NGC EF-45. Pedro II (1683-1706). Act of June 14, 1688 circular overstrike of both obverse and reverse legends, over a Type IV (1663), crowned 250 Reis countermark of Alfonso VI on an undated 200 Reis of João IV of Lisbon Mint. Toned. Host coin and crowned countermark VERY FINE, circular overstrike EXTREMELY FINE. From the Piracicaloa Collection." This counterstamp is mentioned in Amato[2] but not in the SCWC. In 1695 mints were opened in Brazil, obviating the need for countermarks.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM-33.2 (for type); LDMB-092[2]; Gomes-101.01 (for type).


  • 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.
  • [2]Amato, Claudio, Irlei S. Neves and Arnaldo Russo, Livro das Moedas do Brasil, 12a ed. Sao Paulo, 2008.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.

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