Brazil 1749 640 reis

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Heritage sale 3009, lot 20385
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This silver 640 réis was minted at the Lisbon mint for Brazil as a one year type. This coin would have traded in the 18th century as two-thirds of a Spanish dollar. The specimen was lot 20385 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $299. The catalog description[1] noted, "João V 640 Reis 1749, lightly cleaned Fine-VF. A very scarce one-year type." This type is rare; the contemporary Rio issue of 1748-50 (KM 158.2) is much more available.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 19.32 g, .917 fine silver, .570 troy oz ASW, 37 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 158.3, Russo 153, Gomes-23.01.


  • 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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