Brazil 1820-R 960 reis

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Heritage sale 3009, lot 20516
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
another specimen, 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 specimen was lot 20516 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $3,220. The catalog description[1] noted, "João VI 960 Reis 1820R, 'Small Castle' (Castelinho), XF. KM lists this variety as 'small castle within zero of denomination' but in fact if one rotates the coin 90 degrees clockwise, one discovers the letters 'JAE', for the coin's assayer. A sneaky way the designer of this specific 960 Reis die found to put his initials on the coins."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 326.1, Russo 478D.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Pimentel, Alvaro Mendes, Catálogo de Moedas Brasileiras de 1643 a 1962, 9a Ed., Rio de Janeiro, 1962.
  • Levy, David André, Os Recunhos de 960 réis: The 960 réis Overstrikes, Sao Paulo, 2009.
  • 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.

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