Brazil 1781 4000 reis
This specimen was lot 23844 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $9,400. The catalog description noted, "Maria I & Pedro III gold 4000 Reis 1781, MS63 NGC. A key date of the series with sharply executed detail and attractive reddish-copper blushes around portions of the edges. Quite scarce. From The RLM Collection, Part II." The type was struck 1778-86 without mintmark. Later types exist dated 1787-1822. It is the largest of the "moedas provinciales" series and the only one that can be called somewhat common, tho this type is scarce.
Recorded mintage: 4,250.
Specification: 8.07 g, .917 fine gold, .237 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 210, Russo-456, Gomes-18.03.
- 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.