Brazil 1784-R 6400 reis
This specimen was lot 20144 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description noted, "Maria I & Pedro III gold 6400 Reis 1784-R, AU58 NGC, an attractive coin with well-struck details and nearly full mint luster, worth a premium." 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 (shown here) are fairly common but the Bahia issues are much scarcer. This coin was called a "joe" in English speaking countries.
Recorded mintage: 378,000.
Specification: 14.34 g, .917 fine gold, .423 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM199.2.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
- 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.