Brazil 1857 5000 reis
This specimen was lot 23117 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description noted, "Pedro II 'Crown of Thorns' gold 5000 Reis 1857, AU55 NGC. A gorgeous example of this scarcer date with few marks for the grade and attractive orange-reddish coloration on both sides. An ideal collector-friendly specimen." This specimen is one of a series struck 1854-59 at the Rio de Janeiro mint during the reign of Pedro II (1831-1889). This denomination is much scarcer than the contemporary 10000 réis and 20000 réis but is priced less. Only the 1854, 1855 and 1856 are collectible, the later dates are very rare.
Recorded mintage: 4,631.
Specification: 4.48 g, .917 fine gold, .132 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 470, Russo-640, Fr-126.
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- Pimentel, Alvaro Mendes, Catálogo de Moedas Brasileiras de 1643 a 1962, 9a Ed., Rio de Janeiro, 1962.
- 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.