Brazil 1809 4000 reis

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Ponterio sale 164, lot 513
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 513 in Ponterio sale 164 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $977.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "BRAZIL. 4,000 Reis, 1809. Rio de Janeiro Mint. Very attractive with nearly full mint luster. NGC AU-58." This type is known from Bahia (1805-16) and Rio (1808-17) and is common. 1809/8 overdates exist. This type is the most common of the "moidores."

Recorded mintage: 94,000 from Rio and about 19,000 from Bahia.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-95; KM-235.2; LDMB-569; Gomes-33.05.


  • 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.
  • 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 Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 3rd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1996.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 164: The January 2012 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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