Brazil 1819-M 37.5 reis

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Heritage sale 3038, part of lot 36140
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This specimen was part of lot 36140 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), which sold for $2,820. The catalog description[1] noted, "Twenty-three piece lot of Portugal and Colonies, (ca. 1521-1930) as follows, issues from Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal, Portuguese India, and St. Thomas and Prince. Included are (2) Portugal gold coins, 400 Reis 1736 and 2,000 Reis 1859, as well as several other scarce and rare issues. Grades from VG to AU. A lot that demands close inspection, but promises good benefit from those willing to spend the time to view. A very few pieces with cleaning, or slight problems." This specimen was struck at the Minas Gerais mint in Brazil in 1818-21. This unusual denomination was the equivalent of the forty réis which circulated elsewhere in Brazil. In Minas Gerais, a gold mining region, the standard silver coin was the 600 réis, not the 640 réis used elsewhere. There is also a 37½ réis from the empire, issued 1823-28.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: KM 317.1.


  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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