Brazil 1832-R 4000 reis
The first specimen was lot 1270 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $17,250. The catalog description noted, "1832 4,000 reis. Rio mint. Types as above. No Azevedo. Lustrous yellow gold, deeply reflective surfaces and frosty devices, some hairlines, scrape behind head. Excellent eye appeal. A great rarity, one of only 64 pieces struck, missing from most collections. Unpriced in KM. The scarcer issue of a two-year type; there were 257 pieces struck in 1833. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." The second specimen was lot 23093 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $49,937.50. The catalog description noted, "Seldom Offered Pedro II gold 4000 Reis 1832-R, AU55 NGC. Virtually uncirculated with light hairlines. Pleasant, brilliant reverse. The 4000 Reis featuring the young bust of Pedro II is a classic rarity of the Brazilian independent collection. With Pedro I leaving Brazil to regain the throne in Portugal, young Pedro was elevated to Emperor of Brazil at the age of 7. His father selected three people to be guardians of the Emperor until 1841 when he was acclaimed and crowned."
Recorded mintage: 64.
Specification: 8.2 g, .917 fine gold, .241 troy oz AGW; the first specimen: 8.06 grams, 26.30 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 386.1, Russo-610, Fr-116.
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