Brazil 1749-R 3200 reis

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Heritage sale 3009, lot 20657
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This gold 3200 réis was minted at the Rio mint for Brazil as a three year type. 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. The specimen was lot 20657 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $16,100. The catalog description[1] noted, "João V gold 3200 Reis 1749R, XF-AU with sharply defined details on both sides, cleaned long ago leaving the surfaces slightly dulled. The edge milling is fully intact. Extremely rare type and denomination, and a very pleasing example." This type was issued 1739, 1741 and 1749; despite the limited issue the Rio mint products outnumber the Bahia mint products.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7.17 g, .917 fine gold, .211 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 155.


  • 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]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3009: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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