Brazil 1853 20000 reis

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Eliasberg lot 1286
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another specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen was lot 1286 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $805. The catalog description[1] noted, "1853 20,000 reis. MS-63 (NGC). Bearded older head of Pedro II to left, legends around/crowned arms. Lustrous light yellow gold. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type, struck 1853-89, is the most common gold coin of the Empire.

Recorded mintage: 246,000.

Specification: 17.93 g, .917 fine gold, .528 troy oz; this specimen: 17.90 grams, 30.20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 468, Fr-121a.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Pimentel, Alvaro Mendes, Catálogo de Moedas Brasileiras de 1643 a 1962, 9a Ed., Rio de Janeiro, 1962.

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