Brazil 1819-R 960 reis

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Heritage sale 3009, lot 20513
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Ponterio sale 168, lot 40446
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This silver 960 réis was minted at the Rio mint 1818-22. 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 first specimen was lot 20513 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $575. The catalog description[1] noted, "João VI 960 Reis 1819R, bright and pleasant XF, Scarce Variety with 9 'fruits' on the left branch." The second specimen was lot 40446 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,998. The catalog description[2] noted, "BRAZIL. 960 Reis, 1819-A. NGC MS-66. Struck over an 1815-JP Peru 8 Reales. This example is the finest certified of this type by either NGC or PCGS."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 326.1, Russo 477C, LDMB-477; Gomes-25.06.


  • 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]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3009: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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