Brazil 1821-R 960 reis

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Ponterio sale 164, lot 2059
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen was lot 2059 in Ponterio sale 164 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $989. The catalog description[1] noted, "BRAZIL. 960 Reis, 1821-R. Exceptionally choice for this type. NGC MS-64." 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .785 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-326.1; LDMB-479; Gomes-25.19.


  • 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.
  • Levy, David André, Os Recunhos de 960 réis: The 960 réis Overstrikes, Sao Paulo, 2009.
  • Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 3rd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1996.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 164: The January 2012 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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