Brazil 1783 640 reis

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This specimen was one of a series struck 1778-86 for Brazil during the reign of Maria I and Pedro III. It would have traded for two-thirds of a Spanish dollar. It is lot 1709 in Stack's Coin Galleries sale (New York, April 2010). The catalog description[1] noted, "BRAZIL. Pedro III & Maria I, 1777-1786. 640 Reis, 1783. Crowned Portuguese Arms. Rv. Armillary Sphere on cross of Christ. Bold About Uncirculated. From the Eliasberg Collection."

Recorded mintage: 31,000.

Specification: 17.76 g, .917 fine silver, .5233 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 207.1, LMDB-P326 (low crown, shown here); LMDB-P336 (high crown).


  • 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.
  • Amato, Claudio, Irlei S. Neves and Arnaldo Russo, Livro das Moedas do Brasil, 12a ed. Sao Paulo, 2008.
  • Alberto Gomes and Francisco Antonio Magro, Moedas Portuguesas e do Território Que Hoje é Portugal: Catálogo das Moedas Cunhadas para o Continentes e Ilhas Adjacentes, para os Territórios do Ultramar e Grão-Mestres Portugueses da Ordem de Malta, 6ª Edição, Lisbon: Associação Numismática de Portugal, 2013.
  • [1]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, Coin Galleries: Selections from the Estate of Louis E. Eliasberg, Jr. and other important properties, New York: Stack's, 2010.

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