Brazil 1695 320 reis

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Brazil 1695 320 reis rev DSLR.jpg
Heritage sale 3009, lot 20370
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This silver 320 réis was minted at the Bahia mint in Brazil as a one year type in 1695, among its first issues. This coin would have traded in the 18th century as one-third of a Spanish dollar. The SCWC records a rare variety without punctuation in the legend on the reverse.

The second specimen was lot 20370 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $977.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II 320 Reis 1695 'Small Crown' - 'Inverted Zones' variety, KM82, Russo 121A, choice VF. 'Inverted Zones' refer to the inverted lines of the equator; tropics and circles of the globe in the reverse. Scarce."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 8.96 g, .917 fine silver, .264 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 79.1.

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.

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