Brazil 1784-B 5 reis
This specimen was struck at the Bahia mint for Brazil in 1778-85. The minting of copper five réis began in 1693 and continued sporadically thru the eighteenth century. In 1799, the weight of the copper coinage was reduced 50%. All the copper denominations were affected; the five réis was dropped entirely. In 1809, old issues (including this specimen) were recalled and countermarked with a shield to double their value.
Recorded mintage: 389,000.
Catalog reference: KM 200 (without countermark).
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