Brazil 1803 4000 reis
This specimen was lot 23886 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description noted, "Maria I gold 4000 Reis 1803/2-(B), AU55 NGC. Lightly circulated with ample luster remaining in the fields. While an underdigit is evident beneath the last 3 in the date, it appears to more closely resemble a 1 than a 2. 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: 7,807 for 1803-04.
Specification: 8.07 g, .917 fine gold, .237 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 225.2, Russo-501, Gomes-27.03.
- 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.