Brazil 1695 640 reis
This silver 640 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 two-thirds of a Spanish dollar. The SCWC records three major types for 1695; two are shown here. The first specimen was lot 20367 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $517.50. The catalog description noted, "Pedro II of Portugal 640 Reis 1695, AVF, cleaned long ago and retoned, scarce variety without punctuation in the obverse legends. Struck at Bahia mint without mintmark." This type was struck 1695 only and is scarce.
The second specimen is lot 20373 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010). The catalog description noted, "Pedro II of Portugal 640 Reis 1695, bold VF, well-struck details, cleaned long ago and now nicely toned, some light scratches on the reverse. Rare small crown variety with inverted reverse (coin rotation). Bahia Mint without mintmark." This type was struck 1695-98 and is among the common early Brazilian coins.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 17.92 g, .917 fine silver, .528 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM83.1, Russo 112A, KM84, Russo 125A.
- 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.