Brazil 1726-M 20000 reis

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23197
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23197 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $11,162.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "João V gold 20000 Reis 1726M, AU58 NGC, exceptionally sharp design features with appealing aged toning, a choice piece and very close to mint state." This massive gold coin, one of the largest ever struck for circulation, must have inspired awe in all who beheld it.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 53.78 g, .917 fine gold, 1.586 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 117.

Source:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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