Brazil 1756 640 reis

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23203
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23203 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $705. The catalog description[1] noted, "Jose I 640 Reis 1756(L), Coroa com Forro, nearly VF, cleaned at one time and now toned. Very scarce variety. Struck at Lisbon without mintmark. From The Santana Collection of 640 Reis." This type was struck 1751-55 at Rio (KM 170.1), 1752-56 at Lisbon (KM 170.2, shown here) and 1757-58 at Bahia (KM 170.3 and 170.4).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 19.32 g, .917 fine silver, .569 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 170.2, Russo-168a.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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