Goa 1776 rupia

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 Collector's Choice sale, lot 71055
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This specimen was lot 71055 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it sold for $264. The catalog description[1] noted, "INDIA. PORTUGUESE INDIA. Goa. Rupia, 1776. Joseph I (1750-77). PCGS Genuine--Scratch, VF Details Secure Holder. Light scratches on bust hardly distracting. Toned with nice contrast on a compact planchet." The Portuguese were the first European power to make direct contact with India. They concentrated on trade but were not above piracy or political meddling if the opportunity arose. They conquered or dominated a good part of India in the sixteenth century but gradually had to yield to others, especially the British. By 1782, Portuguese holdings were limited to Diu, Damao and Goa. Each had a mint which struck hammered coinage until the 1860's. This rupia was struck 1755-77.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 11.6-11.8 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-160.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Alberto Gomes and Francisco Antonio Magro, Moedas Portuguesas e do Território Que Hoje é Portugal: Catálogo das Moedas Cunhadas para o Continentes e Ilhas Adjacentes, para os Territórios do Ultramar e Grão-Mestres Portugueses da Ordem de Malta, 6ª Edição, Lisbon: Associação Numismática de Portugal, 2013.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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