Brazil 1729-R 12800 reis
This specimen was lot 1138 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $25,300. The catalog description noted, "1729 12,800 reis. Rio mint. MS-65 (NGC). Laureate head of João V to right, legends and date around/crowned oval arms. Bright yellow gold with exceptional lustre and prooflike reflectivity in the fields. Very well struck, very thin adjustment mark across obverse below eye, a few trivial handling marks but nearly pristine. A very impressive specimen. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." The type was struck in Rio 1727-31.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 28.68 g, .917 fine gold, .845 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 26.68 grams, 32.90 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-40, KM 140.
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- Pimentel, Alvaro Mendes, Catálogo de Moedas Brasileiras de 1643 a 1962, 9a Ed., Rio de Janeiro, 1962.