Brazil 1752 4000 reis
This specimen was lot 1164 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $517.50. The catalog description noted, "1752 4,000 reis. Crowned arms, legends and denomination around/plain cross in quadralobe within circle, legends and date around. IOSEPHUS in legend. Lustrous medium gold, subtle adjustment marks under date and below crown. A very attractive specimen. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." The type was struck 1751-77 without mintmark. Later types exist dated 1778-1822. It is the largest of the "moedas provinciales" series and the only one that can be called somewhat common.
Recorded mintage: 4,000.
Specification: 8.07 g, .917 fine gold, .237 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 8.10 grams, 27.50 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-73, KM 171.1.
- Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
- 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.