Brazil 1697 4000 reis
This specimen was lot 27452 in Heritage sale 3031 (Dallas, January 2014), where it sold for $528.75. The catalog description noted, "Pedro II gold 4000 Reis 1697, VF/XF, ex-jewelry with a mount visible at 12:00. A scarce early Brazilian gold coin with strong detail and clear legends." 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.
Catalog reference: KM 89, Fr-17.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3031, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: 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.