Brazil 1749-R 6400 reis
This type was struck between 1731-50 in Rio and features the bust of João V, king of Portugal 1706-50. While the 6400 réis is relatively available, its fractions (3200 réis, 1600 réis and 800 réis) are much scarcer. This type was also struck in Bahia (KM 151) during this period. This coin was called the "joe" in English speaking countries. This specimen was lot 23166 in Heritage sale 3012 (New York, January 2011), where it sold for $2,070. The catalog description noted, "João V gold 6400 Reis 1749R, AU58 NGC, fully lustrous with minor surface abrasions, weakly struck date and mintmark."
Spanish colonial four escudos of this period were 13.54 g, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW and traded for nearly the same value.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 14.34 g, .917 fine gold, .422 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-46, KM 149.
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