Brazil 1802 4000 reis

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 23885
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This specimen was lot 23885 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $4,406.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Maria I gold 4000 Reis 1802-(B), MS64 NGC. Dies were generally more crude at the mint in Bahia and it's easily verified when comparing 6400 Reis die quality, but it's especially contrasting for Maria I 4000 Reis. Not only were Bahia 4000 Reis more 'poorly' struck than the Rio counterparts, they were struck in fractional quantities and are generally found in heavier circulated condition than the pieces from Rio. With that said, this specimen of 1802 is quite an improbable coin with an essentially perfect strike, full mint bloom and perfect edges. A 'hidden' Gem of the RLM collection. From The RLM Collection, Part II." The type was struck 1801-05 at Bahia without mintmark. It is the first type of the nineteenth century. It is the largest of the "moedas provinciales" series and the only one that can be called somewhat common, tho this type is rather scarce.

Recorded mintage: 7,738.

Specification: 8.07 g, .917 fine gold, .237 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 225.2, Russo-500, Gomes-27.02.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Pimentel, Alvaro Mendes, Catálogo de Moedas Brasileiras de 1643 a 1962, 9a Ed., Rio de Janeiro, 1962.

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