Brazil 1856 10000 reis

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 32510
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32510 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $552. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II gold 10000 Reis 1856 MS63+ NGC, Rio de Janeiro mint. Selections from the Grand Castello Collection." This type, struck 1853-89, is among the moderately priced gold coins of the Empire of Brazil. It is part of the second reform of the coinage under the Empire; the first, in 1835, revalued the Spanish American peso from 960 réis to 1200 réis. The second reform of 1848 raised the peso to 2000 réis, where it remained until 1900.

Recorded mintage: 208,000.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-122, KM 467.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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