Brazil 1755-R 6400 reis

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21378
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21378 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $2,070. The catalog description[1] noted, "Brazil. Jose I 6400 Reis 1755-R. Rio mint. XF. No edge device from 12:00 to 7:00, otherwise lightly clipped with competent edge. Nearly exactly one grain underweight by the usual 9 dwt post-Revolutionary standard (215.1 grains). Even light yellow gold, light granularity, some luster still visible, curved abrasion on cheek to chin. Another salvaged pieces from the Downes wreck that was likely clipped in early America. Provenance: From the Downes wreck on the east coast of Florida, acquired via Andre de Clermont and K.V. Eckardt in April 1996. From the Edward Roehrs Collection of U.S. Regulated Gold." This type was struck 1751-77 and is among the more available colonial gold coins of Brazil. Brazilian gold coins frequently suffered the clipping shown here.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 172.2.


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  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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