Brazil 1766-B 6400 reis

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Heritage sale 3012, lot 23216
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This type was struck between 1751 and 1777 in Bahia and features the bust of José I, king of Portugal 1750-77. While the 6400 réis is relatively available, its fractions (3200 réis, 1600 réis and 800 réis) are much scarcer. This type was also struck in Rio (KM 172.2) during this period. This coin was called the "joe" in English speaking countries. This specimen was lot 23216 in Heritage sale 3012 (New York, January 2011), where it sold for $2,070. The catalog description[1] noted, "Jose I gold 6400 Reis 1766B, AU58 NGC, nearly fully lustrous, a choice example from the Bahia Mint with a just a couple of faint scratches on the obverse."

Spanish colonial four escudos of this period were 13.54 g, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW and traded for nearly the same value. Some of these coins were clipped and countermarked for use in the West Indies.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 14.34 g, .917 fine gold, .422 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 172.1, Friedberg 65.


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  • 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.
  • Pimentel, Alvaro Mendes, Catálogo de Moedas Brasileiras de 1643 a 1962, 9a Ed., Rio de Janeiro, 1962.
  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3012: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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