Brazil 1778-R 6400 reis

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Heritage sale 397, lot 12380
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 12380 in Heritage sale 397 (New York, January 2006), where it sold for $805. The catalog description[1] noted, "Jose I gold 6400 Reis 1778R, AU58 PCGS, tiny planchet lamination in the right obverse field. This date is not listed in the SCWC or in Russo, and would be a posthumous striking by one year since Jose died in 1777. Very unusual and certainly of interest to Brazilian experts." The listed dates comprise 1751-77 for the Rio mint.

Recorded mintage: 378,000 (for the Maria and Pedro III type).

Specification: 14.34 g, .917 fine gold, .423 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 172.2.


  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 397: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2005.
  • 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.

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