Brazil 1698 4000 reis
This specimen was lot 23165 in Heritage sale 3023 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $4,406.25. The catalog description noted, "Pedro II gold 4000 Reis 1698/7(B), AU Details NGC, surface hairlines. RLM grade S/. Deep orange with hints of red peripheral toning. Clearly a 8 over 7 date. A choice obverse with almost all 5 mini-shields complete. The scarcest date of this short-lived type. From The RLM Collection." 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, Russo-26, Gomes-Type 31, Fr-17.
- 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.