Brazil 1866 2000 reis
This silver 2000 réis was minted 1853-67 in Rio de Janeiro. The series came accompanied by 200, 500 and 1000 réis in silver. The 2000 réis was roughly the same weight as the preceding 960 réis of 1810-33 and 1200 réis of 1834-47. It was superseded by the portrait type of 1868-89. The early dates of the fifties are fairly common but this one is not. The specimen was lot 20583 in Heritage sale 3009 (Chicago, April 2010), where it sold for $690. The catalog description noted, "Pedro II 2000 Reis 1866, XF Details with rim bumps and two small digs on the obverse. A very scarce issue."
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Specification: 25.5 g, .917 fine silver, .751 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 466, Russo 625.
- 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.
- Amato, Claudio, Irlei S. Neves and Arnaldo Russo, Livro das Moedas do Brasil, 12a ed. Sao Paulo, 2008.
- Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3009: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.