Brazil 1759-B 800 reis
This specimen was lot 23794 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $1,527.50. The catalog description noted, "Jose I gold 800 Reis 1759-B, VF Details - Damaged, Plugged. 'Iosephus' type. Rare issue. Full date with mint mark. From The RLM Collection, Part II." While the 6400 réis is relatively available, its fractions (3200 réis, 1600 réis and 800 réis) are much scarcer. This type is recorded from Bahia for 1752-77. This specimen realized five times the catalog value even with the repair.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.79 g, .917 fine gold, .053 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 180.1, Russo-343, Gomes-44.06.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
- 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.