Brazil 1740-B 3200 reis

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 23297
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23297 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $19,975. The catalog description[1] noted, "João V gold 3200 Reis 1740-B, VF Details NGC (removed from jewelry), quite bold with very lightly burnished surfaces and a tiny mount mark at the top. Extremely rare date and type. The 4 in the date appears to be cut over a 3." The commonest Brazilian gold coin of colonial times was the 6400 réis, called a "joe" in English speaking countries. This coin would have been a "half joe" but was issued in very small numbers. This type was struck in Rio 1739, 1741 and 1749 and in Bahia 1727-50.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 14.34 g, .917 fine gold, .423 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 133.

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]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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