Brazil 1781-B 6400 reis
This specimen was lot 23233 in Heritage sale 3012 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $1,840. The catalog description noted, "Maria I & Pedro III gold 6400 Reis 1781B, AU55 NGC, boldly detailed with abundant mint luster." The type was struck 1777-86 while Maria and Pedro III were consorts. After his death in 1786, Maria is shown alone, wearing a widow's veil. The Rio issues are fairly common but the Bahia issues (shown here) are much scarcer.
Recorded mintage: 34,000.
Specification: 14.34 g, .917 fine gold, .423 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-77, KM 199.1.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- 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.
- Pimentel, Alvaro Mendes, Catálogo de Moedas Brasileiras de 1643 a 1962, 9a Ed., Rio de Janeiro, 1962.
- Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Sale 3012: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.