Brazil 1841 400 reis

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image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This silver 400 réis was minted 1834-48 in Rio de Janeiro, with 1834, 1835 and 1837 being the reasonably available dates. The series came accompanied by 100 réis, 200 réis, 800 réis and 1200 réis in silver. The 400 réis had the same specification as the old 320 réis last minted in 1833. The specimen was lot 20560 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $6.900. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II Cruzado 400 Reis 1841, outstanding UNC, beautiful original luster and great eye appeal. One of the highlights of the Cruzado series. This coin is likely the finest known of only about a dozen specimens in existence today. A true Latin American rarity in superb condition!"

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 8.96 g, .917 fine silver, .264 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 453, Russo 540.


  • 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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