Brazil 1787 160 reis

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Brazil 1787 160 reis rev DSLR.jpg
Heritage sale 3020, lot 23306 (part)
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The second specimen was part of lot 23306 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description[1] noted, "Collection of Brazil 160 Reis, a very nice selection by date from 1695 to 1821. Grades range from VG to XF but are mainly in the Fine to VF category. A most unusual opportunity to acquire a collection of these fascinating coins at one time." Silver 160 réis as a denomination are somewhat scarce and tho this date struck in Lisbon is listed as common, it is seldom seen. The type was issued 1787-97 from Lisbon as would the rest of the 160 réis until 1810. This type comes in "high crown" (KM 220.2) and "low crown" (KM 220.1, shown here) varieties.

Recorded mintage: 66,000.

Specification: 4.45 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 220.1.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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