Brazil 1843 400 reis

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20400
photo 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. This specimen was lot 20400 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $12,650. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II 400 Reis 1843, toned choice XF, small rim nick at 1 o'clock on the reverse, extremely rare date and grade with a mintage of 161. Of the extremely difficult Cruzado series, this coin is the rarest of the 400 Reis and the 4th rarest issue of the entire series. The Paulistana specimen realized $29,900 in our most recent auction in Chicago (#3009 - lot# 20561)."

Recorded mintage: 161.

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

Catalog reference: KM 453, Russo 541.


  • 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, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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