Brazil 1780-B 3200 reis
This specimen was lot 23860 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $21,150. The catalog description noted, "A near-Gem 3200 Reis of Maria and Pedro. Maria I & Pedro III gold 3200 Reis 1780-B, MS62 NGC. Lustrous with mirror surfaces on the reverse. Very choice. Small adjustment marks across the bust. Of the many numismatic achievements of Dr. Monteiro, one of our favorites is a date run (!) of six Maria and Pedro 3200 Reis or Meia Peça of the Bahia Mint, three AU pieces and this mint state specimen. A collector would be categorized as 'advanced' by simply having a single 3200 Reis let alone by type. Dr. Monteiro over the decades was able to put together a 1780 - 1785 "Set". From The RLM Collection, Part II." The peça or 6400 réis was the most common gold denomination with its fractions being much scarcer.
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Specification: 7.17 g, .917 fine gold, .211 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 150, Russo-475, Gomes-26.01.
- 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.