Brazil 1868 2000 reis
In 1868 the silver coinage of Brazil was redesigned to adopt the portrait of the emperor Pedro II, who already appeared on the gold coinage. The type shown here is the first of several minor modifications and was struck 1868-69. Unlike the issues of 1851-67 and 1875-89, it is only 25 grams instead of the usual 25.5 grams. This specimen was part of lot 24063 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), which sold for $705. The catalog description noted, "Brazil Silver Collection, nine 640 Reis dating from 1698-1825 plus a 2000 Reis 1868, grades range from Fine to XF. A nice group which should be carefully viewed."
Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly common.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 475.
- 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, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.