Brazil 1815-R 960 reis

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Heritage sale 3009, lot 20482
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Ponterio sale 182, lot 307
image courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC

This silver 960 réis was minted at the Rio mint 1810-17. These coins were usually struck over Spanish-American dollars but many other undertypes are known. Large quantities were produced, making this and the similar Bahia issue the commonest Brazilian silver coin of the colonial period. The specimen is lot 20471 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010). The catalog description[1] noted, "João 960 Reis 1815R 'Inverted Reverse' (Coin alignment), XF. Small planchet flaw at 10 o'clock on the reverse. Old original toning. Rare." This specimen was lot 307 in Ponterio sale 182 (New York, January 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "BRAZIL. 960 Reis, 1815-R. NGC AU-58. VERY RARE. Reverse legend 'STAB. NATA'. With old collector ticket. Toned with good luster beneath. Pedigree: Ex: Dr. Solano de Barros Collection." The SCWC does not list rotated reverse varieties but they receive substantial premiums in the Russo catalog[3].

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 26.89 g, .896 fine silver, .775 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 307.3, Russo 425A.


  • 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.
  • [3]Amato, Claudio, Irlei S. Neves and Arnaldo Russo, Livro das Moedas do Brasil, 12a ed. Sao Paulo, 2008.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3009: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 182: The January 2014 NYINC Auction: World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stacks Bowers LLC.

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