Brazil 1915 10000 reis

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 30660
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This specimen was lot 30660 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $15,600. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold 10000 Reis 1915 MS63 NGC, Rio de Janeiro mint, Although over 4,000 of this date were minted, the date represents another clear case of a survival rate that falls far short of this number, with 1915-dated examples commanding a value premium in Livro Das Moedas Do Brasil that is only exceeded by 1922-dated coins, which saw a mintage of only 6. Given this fact, it is perhaps not surprising that this is the first specimen of this date that we have ever offered. In a choice level of preservation, the offering likely represents the finest that most bidders will encounter." This type, struck 1889-1922 during the early republic, is, with the 20000 réis, the last gold coin struck for circulation in Brazil. This date is listed as fairly common in the SCWC despite the trifling mintage. Most were retained in bank vaults as backing for paper currency and therefore circulated very little but commonly come heavily bagmarked.

Recorded mintage: 4,314.

Specification: 8.96 g, .917 fine gold, .264 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-125, KM 496, LDMB-706.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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