Brazil 1839 1200 reis

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Ponterio sale 177, lot 13071
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 13071 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $12,925. The catalog description[1] noted, "BRAZIL. 1,200 Reis, 1839. NGC VF-30. The Rarest Reform Coinage Crown of Brazil. EXTREMELY RARE. Mintage of only 186 pieces. A classic rarity, estimated that only 8 to 10 pieces exist today." This silver 1200 réis was minted 1834-47 in Rio de Janeiro. The series came accompanied by 100 réis, 200 réis, 400 réis and 800 réis in silver. The 1200 réis had the same specification as the old 960 réis last minted in 1833.

Recorded mintage: 186.

Specification: 26.89 g, .917 fine silver, .792 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-454; LDMB-555.


  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.

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