Brazil 1833-R 4000 reis

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23094
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23094 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $44,062.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Rare Early Overdate of Pedro II gold 4000 Reis 1833/2-R, AU55 NGC. A rarely offered denomination for Pedro II and the present example has to be among the finest extant of the date with sharp detailing in the centers that boldly define all but a portion of the crossed globe on the reverse, very little, if any, highpoint wear and surfaces that remain nearly entirely lustrous and sparkle beneath a light. Original blushes of orange tone aid the overall appeal and are most evident on the reverse. Certainly a premium coin for the grade with a 'look' equivalent to many in the MS61-MS62 grade range. Whether pursued for date or type, this coin is a real winner." This type is listed for 1832-33 only and both dates are rare. A 6400 réis (KM 387) and 10,000 réis (KM 451) also exist.

Recorded mintage: 257.

Specification: 8.2 g, .917 fine gold, .241 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 386.1, Russo-611, Fr-116.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 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.

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