Brazil 1777-B 6400 reis Fr-77
This specimen was lot 23866 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $16,450. The catalog description noted, "Classic Rare Issue of Maria and Pedro. Maria I & Pedro III gold 6400 Reis 1777-B, AU Details - Repaired NGC. Strong details, cleaned. 1777 was the last year of rule of Jose I and very few coins of the date were struck at both Rio and Bahia mint. Maria Francisca Isabel Josefa Antonia Gertrudes Rita Joana (Maria I), born on December 17, 1734, was the eldest daughter of King Jose I of Portugal. Given Jose I's inability to successfully sire a son, Maria, as a teenager, was decreed the Princess of Brazil and the heiress to the throne of Portugal. In 1760, Maria married her uncle, Pedro Clemente Francisco José António, son of former King João V (1706-1750). Together, Maria and Pedro had six children. Upon the death of King Jose I on February 24, 1777, as decreed, Maria Francisca, assumed the thrown as Maria I, Queen of Portugal. Upon her accession to the throne, her husband Pedro took the title King Pedro III of Portugal. Until his death on May 25, 1786, Maria and Pedro would jointly hold the throne. From The RLM Collection, Part II." This type was struck 1777-86 and is among the more available colonial gold coins of Brazil tho this is a rare date.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 14.34 g, .917 fine gold, .422 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 199.1, Russo-482, Gomes-28.01.
- 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.