Brazil 1765-B 6400 reis
This specimen was lot 23800 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $9,106.25. The catalog description noted, "Jose I gold 6400 Reis 1765/4-B, MS65 NGC. Quite a strong strike with incredible sharpness in the King's peruque. The reverse is as flawless as 6400 Reis from the Bahia mint get. Gorgeous coin. Jose, born on June 6, 1714, was the third child of King João V of Portugal and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria. At birth, he had an older brother, an older sister and three younger brothers. When Jose's older brother died at the age of two, Jose officially became the Prince of Brazil and the heir to the throne. On January 19, 1729, Jose married Mariana Victoria of Spain. Together they had four daughters that survived infanthood. In 1750 at the age of 36, upon the death of his father King João V, Jose ascended to the Portuguese throne gaining the title King Jose I of Portugal. Upon his succession, Jose I nearly immediately opted for a leisurely existence away from the limelight, appointing Marquis of Pombal to manage the day to day decisions of the throne. Around the same time, with the belief that his days of fathering children had ended, he decreed that his oldest daughter, Maria, would be his heir apparent. From that time forward, Jose I would devote much of his time to hunting and the opera - assembling what would become one of the greatest collections of operatic scores in Europe. On February 24, 1777, at the age of 62, Jose I passed away. From The RLM Collection, Part II." This type was struck 1751-77 and is among the more available colonial gold coins of Brazil but gems are rare.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 14.34 g, .917 fine gold, .422 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 172.1, Russo-395, Gomes-54.18.
- 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.