Brazil 1695 80 reis

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Heritage sale 3009, lot 20366
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This silver eighty 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-twelfth of a Spanish dollar. The specimen was lot 20366 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $690. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II 80 Reis 1695 'Large Crown', F/VF. Pleasant surfaces and exceedingly nice for the type/denomination. Any of the early Brazilian issues of the 17th century are extremely hard to find in better condition than XF and as a general rule, the smaller the denomination the poorer condition the coins are usually found. These issues circulated well into 19th century until the Geneva Convention monetary reform of 1848 so one can imagine what over 150 of circulation turns coins into!"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.24 g, .917 fine silver, .066 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 77, Russo 108.


  • 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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