Brazil 1733-M 800 reis

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 23267
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Heritage sale 3024, lot 23268
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The first specimen was lot 23267 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "João V gold 800 Reis 1733/28-M, F12 NGC. Quite pleasant fields for the grade. Interesting overdate which in our opinion i[s] 1733/28 (NGC labelled 33 over 29). Scarce. From The RLM Collection." The second specimen was lot 23268 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $11,750. The catalog description[1] noted, "A João V gold Jewel João V gold 800 Reis 1733/2-M, MS61 NGC, full wide rims, near perfect strike with partial luster. Light adjustment mark. Early 18th gold minors circulated heavily in Brazil, Portugal and elsewhere for around a century and 800, 1600 and 3200 Reis are usually found in about very fine often with problems. A specimen in mint state condition with full original surfaces is the very definition of condition rarity. A wonderful piece. From The RLM Collection." This type was struck in Minas Gerais 1727-34 and in Rio in 1727-30 and in Bahia 1727-50. Despite the three active mints and the many dates in the catalog, this type is very seldom seen.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.79 g, .917 fine gold, .053 oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 120, Russo-262, Gomes-114.08 (first) and Gomes-type of 114 (second).


  • 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]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.

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