Brazil 1917 20000 reis
This specimen was lot 23180 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $5,875. The catalog description noted, "Republic gold 20000 Reis 1917, MS62 NGC. A rich, orange-gold example of this better date with no evident highpoint friction and sporadically placed surface ticks that are entirely typical of this type. Overall, a rather pleasing coin, and the first we have offered at any grade level." This type, struck 1889-1922 during the early republic, is, with the 10000 réis, the last gold coin struck for circulation in Brazil. It is much more available than its smaller sister. Most survivors are graded AU because of heavy bagmarks rather than wear.
Recorded mintage: 2,269.
Specification: 17.93 g, .917 fine gold, .528 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 497, Russo-734, Fr-124.
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- Pimentel, Alvaro Mendes, Catálogo de Moedas Brasileiras de 1643 a 1962, 9a Ed., Rio de Janeiro, 1962.
- 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.