Brazil (1688) 250 reis
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 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 but not in the SCWC. In 1695 mints were opened in Brazil, obviating the need for countermarks.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-33.2 (for type); LDMB-092; 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.
- Amato, Claudio, Irlei S. Neves and Arnaldo Russo, Livro das Moedas do Brasil, 12a ed. Sao Paulo, 2008.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.
This specimen was lot 20364 in Heritage sale 3009, where it sold for $632.50. The catalog description noted, "Pedro II 250 Reis countermark on Portuguese Cruzado (Porto), KM33.3, Russo 101, better Fine. Host coin features the four "P's" which denote the Portuguese mint in the northern city of Porto. From the Paulistana Collection."
This specimen was lot 23143 in Heritage sale 3012, where it sold for $747.50. The catalog description noted, "Pedro II Crowned 250 (Reis) Counterstamped on a Portugal 1/2 Cruzado of João IV Porto (Decree of 1688), KM33.3, Russo-92, choice toned VF+ countermark and host coin, a most attractive example of this revalued coinage. On this variety the 250 is expressed as 2S0. From The Guariba Collection of Brazilian Coins."
This specimen was lot 23144 in Heritage sale 3012, where it sold for $575. The catalog description noted, "Pedro II Crowned 250 (Reis) Counterstamped on a 1/2 Cruzado of João IV Lisbon (Decree of 1688), KM33.2, Russo-99, choice VF+ with a deeply applied countermark, variety with 5 in 250 instead of S. Scarce type in this superior quality. From The Guariba Collection of Brazilian Coins."