Brazil 1768 5 reis

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The minting of copper five réis began with a brief issue in 1694-95 but did not begin in earnest until 1749. This specimen was struck at the Lisbon mint for Brazil in 1768-74. Many were countermarked in 1809 to raise their value to ten réis. The last five réis was issued in 1797. Counterfeits are numerous but are collected alongside the genuine issues.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper; this specimen 3.7 g, 25 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 173.3, Russo 184.


  • 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.
  • 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.

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