Brazil 1840 800 reis

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Heritage sale 3009, lot 20569
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This silver 800 réis was minted 1835-46 in Rio de Janeiro. The series came accompanied by 100 réis, 200 réis, 400 réis and 1200 réis in silver. The 800 réis had the same specification as the old 640 réis last minted in 1833 and is much the rarest denomination. The specimen was lot 20569 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $4,600. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II 800 Reis 1840, XF Details, cleaned, with noticeable marks and possible evidence of mount mark on edge. Extremely rare, with a tiny mintage of only 145 pieces."

Recorded mintage: 145.

Specification: 17.92 g, .917 fine silver, .528 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 456, Russo 548.


  • 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]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3009: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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