Brazil 1839 10000 reis

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23103
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23103 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $30,550. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II gold 10000 Reis 1839, AU58 NGC. Impressively struck and reflective in the fields with orange and reddish tone encircling the peripheries that adds to the character. Highpoint friction is barely noticeable. A low-mintage date and the key to this 'child head' type with the only other example we were able to trace appearing in a group lot within the incredible Norweb collection." This type was struck 1833-40 and tho denominated 10,000 réis, was the same size and weight as the previous 6400 réis. In 1849, the 10,000 réis was lowered to 8.96 g, where it remained until 1922.

Recorded mintage: 567.

Specification: 14.34 g, .917 fine gold, .422 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 451, Russo-620.


  • [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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