Brazil 1695 320 reis
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 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.
- 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.
- Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3009: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.