Brazil 1859 5000 reis

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20402
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20402 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $5,750. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II gold 5000 Reis 1859, AU-UNC, fully lustrous and attractive with sharply defined details, very minor handling in the exposed fields. Rare date with a mintage of 493." 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: 493.

Specification: 4.48 g, .917 fine gold, .132 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-126; KM-470.


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  • 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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