Brazil 1696 4000 reis
This specimen was lot 1105 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $977.50. The catalog description noted, "1696 4,000 reis. Bahia mint. EF-45 (NGC). Arms topped with wide crown, legends and denomination around/plain cross in quadralobe within circle, legends and date around. Medium gold, good eye appeal for the grade. A desirable early piece from Brazil. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type was struck 1696-98 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: 8.16 g, .917 fine gold, .240 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 7.96 grams, 27.50 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 89, Fr-17.
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- Pimentel, Alvaro Mendes, Catálogo de Moedas Brasileiras de 1643 a 1962, 9a Ed., Rio de Janeiro, 1962.