Brazil 1720-B 4000 reis

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 30433
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This gold 4000 réis was minted at the Rio mint for Brazil during 1707-27, along with gold 1000 and 2000 réis. The commonest Brazilian gold coin of the early eighteenth century was the 4000 réis, called a "moidore" in English speaking countries. This specimen was lot 30433 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $960. The catalog description[1] noted, "João V gold 4000 Reis 1720-B MS61 NGC, Bahia mint. An exceptionally lustrous piece, yielding to the viewer an array of pleasing features, such as an entrancing golden-orange tone and sharply struck devices. Tremendous eye-appeal abounds throughout. From the Ipanema Collection." Rio also minted this type; its issues are quite a bit more available. This denomination was reduced to 8.06 grams in 1749 and it is likely many of the earlier specimens were melted.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 10.75 g, .917 fine gold, .317 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 106, Fr-30, LMB-O66.


  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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