Brazil 1696 2000 reis
This specimen was lot 23162 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $12,925. The catalog description noted, "Pedro II gold 2000 Reis 1696(B), AU Details NGC, surface hairlines. This coin has some partial luster (!). Details on the 'mini-shields' on the obverse are very sharp. 17th century 2000 Reis is a very difficult denomination to find with only 3 years of issue and with much of the gold coming in being struck as 4000 Reis (or Moeda). From The RLM Collection." This type was struck 1696-97 only and is among the first products of the Brazilian mints. Large mintages came later, with the discovery of gold in the Minas Gerais.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 4.08 g, .917 fine gold, .120 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 88, Russo-22, Gomes-28.01.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- 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.