Brazil 1888 2000 reis

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Goldberg sale 93, lot 2055
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This specimen was lot 2055 in Goldberg sale 93 (Los Angeles, September 2016), where it sold for $129.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Brazil. 2000 Reis, 1888 NGC MS64. Toned. NGC graded MS-64." In 1868 the silver coinage was redesigned to adopt the portrait of the emperor Pedro II, who already appeared on the gold coinage. The type went thru several minor modifications before settling on the final type shown here, struck 1886-89. The 1888 and 1889 are very common but the 1886 is rare. In 1889, the emperor was overthrown by a conspiracy of slave owners fearful of his advocacy of abolition. World public opinion forced the oligarchy to abolish slavery the next year anyway.

Recorded mintage: 906,000.

Specification: 25.5 g, .917 fine silver, .751 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Eliz-83; KM-485.


  • 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 93: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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