Brazil 1821-B 320 reis

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23263
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Heritage sale 3020, part of lot 23307
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The first specimen was lot 23263 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "João VI 320 Reis 1821-B, AU55 NGC, a superb example of this scarce type with exceptionally sharp design features and appealing gray patina." This specimen is a one year type struck at the Bahia mint. Similar silver 320 réis were struck at Rio during 1818-20 (KM 324.2) and Minas Gerais in 1818 (KM 324.1). All are scarce, especially compared to the contemporary copper eighty réis, which was issued in large quantities starting in 1818. The copper eighty réis continued into the reign of Emperor Pedro I (1823-32) but the silver 320 réis is restricted to some rare issues of 1824-30.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 8.96 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM324.3.


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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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