Brazil (1688) 600 reis

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Heritage sale 3009, lot 20341
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This silver 600 réis was counterstamped in Brazil about 1688. The specimen was lot 20341 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $2,300. The catalog description[1] noted, "Afonso VI 600 Reis Countermark on Spanish cob 8 Reales, with 480 Reis countermark, Fine. Rarely found issue." This type is rare and unpriced in the SCWC; it is listed therein as a "type VIII" countermark. In 1695 mints were opened in Brazil, obviating the need for countermarks. Later 600 réis of the 1750's were only 18.12 grams.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver, .798 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 65, Russo 12.


  • 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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