Brazil 1849 10000 reis

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23109
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23109 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,232.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II gold 10000 Reis 1849, AU Details - Surface Hairlines NGC. The key date for this three year type with sharp detail throughout despite a past cleaning that has left the surfaces with a matte-like appearance. Speckled coppery tone, as well as a pinscratch below the reverse wreath, are also worthy of notation." This date, the first of a series struck 1849-51, is rare; the 1850 and 1851 are the first moderately priced gold coins of the Empire.

Recorded mintage: 1,678.

Specification: 8.96 g, .917 fine gold, .264 troy oz.

Catalog reference: KM 460, Russo-629, Fr-120.


  • [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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