Brazil 1867 20000 reis

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23136
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This specimen was lot 23136 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,116.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II gold 20000 Reis 1867, AU58 NGC. The detail within the motifs remains clear and no significant marks reside on the surfaces. A rather pleasing Choice piece." This type, struck 1853-89, is the most common gold coin of the Empire. It is accompanied by gold 10000 réis (struck 1853-89) and 5000 réis (struck 1854-59). In 1889, the emperor was overthrown by a conspiracy of slaveowners fearful of his advocacy of abolition. World public opinion forced the oligarchy to abolish slavery the next year anyway.

Recorded mintage: unknown but an average date.

Specification: 17.93 g, .917 fine gold, .528 troy oz.

Catalog reference: KM 468, Russo-686, Fr-121a.


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  • Amato, Claudio, Irlei S. Neves and Arnaldo Russo, Livro das Moedas do Brasil, 12a ed. Sao Paulo, 2008.
  • 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.
  • [1]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.

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