Brazil 1816-R 960 reis
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 20486 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $1,265. The catalog description noted, "João Prince Regent 960 Reis 1816R, struck over an Argentina Sunface, XF-AU, lightly cleaned with some luster remaining, the date appears to be 1813. The 181 is bold and the final digit not as distinct, but looks to be a 3. Very scarce."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 26.89 g, .896 fine silver, .775 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 313, Russo 429A.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3009: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.