Brazil (1870) 200 reis balastraca

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image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This silver 200 réis was cut from a Spanish silver four reales de vellon originally minted in Seville about 1812. It was an emergency issue used during the War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70), wherein Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay defeated Paraguay but not before half the male population of Paraguay had been killed. The specimen was lot 20588 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $977.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II 'Balastraca' of 200 Reis, nice VF. Balastracas were irregular pieces cut from mainly Peruvian and Bolivian coins during the Paraguayan war."

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 25.5 g, .917 fine silver, .751 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM Unlisted, Russo 667.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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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