Brazil 1822(r) 4000 reis

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 23974
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23974 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $2,232.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "João VI gold 4000 Reis 1822/1-(R), MS63 NGC. Outrageously appealing with cranberry accents atop lustrous, orange-gold surfaces. An example with seldom-matched character. From The RLM Collection, Part II." The Rio mint struck this type 1818-22 in reasonable numbers such that it is not rare but Bahia mint product is rare. The Bahia product is distinguished by the crosses flanking the date instead of the usual florettes.

Recorded mintage: 54,000.

Specification: 8.07 g, .917 fine gold, .237 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 327.1, Russo-586, Gomes-27.11.


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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.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • 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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