Brazil 1780 320 reis
The first specimen is from a type struck 1778-86 in Lisbon without mintmark. The second and third specimens were part of lot 23307 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description noted, "Collection of Silver 320 Reis, a very nice selection, primarily in Fine to VF quality. This group covers a wide range of dates, and we definitely suggest careful viewing if you want to be competitive." The 320 réis is half the size of the more common 640 réis and one-third the size of the 960 réis which were overstruck on Spanish-American eight reales. Earlier silver 320 réis are known, starting in 1695. Many are priced very low in the SCWC but remain very hard to find. The SCWC does not list separate high crown and low crown varieties for this type but the second and third specimens are clearly different.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 8.90 g, .917 fine silver, .262 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 206.
- 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.
- Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.