Cuiaba (1821) 960 reis counterstamp

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photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg

This specimen was lot 980 in Goldberg sale 46 (Beverly Hills, May 2008), where it sold for $2,100. The catalog description[1] noted, "Brazil - Cuiaba. 960 Reis (1821). Counterstamp Type C on Bolivia 1801-PP 8 Reales. Toned. Rare. NGC graded VF-30. Cuiaba is the present capital of the state of Mato Grosso. It is located almost 1,000 miles west of Rio de Janeiro, and its distance, with the impossible travel conditions of the time, necessitated some form of local coinage. Since it was too difficult to transport the dies this distance, counterstamps were the logical solution. Cuiaba or Cuyaba, is the rarest of all the Brazilian counterstamps."

These counterstamps are known on several types of Spanish American and Argentine 8 reales. None are common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: same as host coin, 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, decorated edge.

Catalog reference: KM 350; Eliz-p.177, Type 3.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 46: the Millenia Collection, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2008.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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