Brazil 1785 160 reis

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Heritage sale 3009, lot 20450
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This silver 160 réis was minted at the Lisbon mint for Brazil during 1778-86. This coin would have traded in the 18th century as one-sixth of a Spanish dollar. The 160 réis is one quarter the size of the more common 640 réis. In 1768 the weight of this denomination was lowered from 4.83 grams to 4.45 grams. Earlier silver 160 réis are known, starting in 1695. Many are priced very low in the SCWC but remain very hard to find. The specimen was lot 20450 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010). The catalog description[1] noted, "Maria I & Pedro III 160 Reis 1785, toned F-VF, few faint scratches, rare date with 'high crown.'"

Recorded mintage: 36,000.

Specification: 4.45 g, .917 fine silver, .142 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 205, Russo 312.


  • 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]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3009: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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