Brazil 1833-R 80 reis

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Sincona sale 6, lot 4143
Heritage sale 3012, lot 23324
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The first specimen was lot 4143 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 2,500 CHF (about US$3,076 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "BRAZIL Pedro II. 1831-1889. 80 Reis 1833, Rio. Toned. Uncirculated." The second specimen was lot 23313 in Heritage sale 3012 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $3,737.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Pedro II 80 Reis 1833R, AU58 NGC, deeply toned with sharp features and a glossy sheen to the surfaces, exceptional grade for this rare little type. From The Guariba Collection of Brazilian Coins." While the copper eighty réis was struck in enormous quantities, the silver equivalent was issued only occasionally and is very rare after independence, with only 1824, 1826 and 1833 recorded. In 1834, the coinage was reformed and the denomination became the new 100 réis.

Recorded mintage: 418.

Specification: 2.24 g, .917 fine silver, .761 troy oz ASW; this specimen 2,14 g.

Catalog reference: Russo 593, KM 388.


  • 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.
  • Amato, Claudio, Irlei S. Neves and Arnaldo Russo, Livro das Moedas do Brasil, 12a ed. Sao Paulo, 2008.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.
  • [2]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Sale 3012: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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