Brazil 1781-B 1600 reis

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 23858
Brazil 1781B 1600 reis rev H3026-23858.jpg

This specimen was lot 23858 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $35,250. The catalog description[1] noted, "Maria I & Pedro III gold 1600 Reis 1781-B, AU58 NGC. With beautiful patina and deep orange toning. It's incredibly difficult for the minor gold issues of 1600 Reis and 3200 Reis of colonial era Brazil to appear in any condition let alone very near mint state. Details in the Queen's hair shows no sign of circulation with the tiniest rub on the top of forehead. Another of the many special coins of the RLM Collection. From The RLM Collection, Part II." This type, the last of this denomination, was struck 1781-84; all dates are rare as is this denomination as a class.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.58 g, .917 fine gold, .105 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 211, Russo-472, Gomes-24.02.


  • [1]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.

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