Goa 1795 12 xerafins Fr-1487

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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, lot 21036
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This specimen was lot 21036 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description[1] noted, "INDIA. Portuguese India. Goa. 12 Xerafins, 1795. NGC MS-63. Krause catalog value exceeding $5,500 in (Very Fine), with the example offered here tied with one additional piece at NGC for finest graded. The quality of the flan alone sets it apart from nearly all other known examples. A magnificent example of this crudely struck issue sporting bold devices and buoyant gleaming luster." 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 1795, Portuguese holdings were limited to Diu, Damao and Goa. Each had a mint which struck hammered coinage until the 1860's. This scarce type, which is not catalogued above VF, is noted for 1781-1800. In 1871, a new series of milled coinage, struck by the British for the Portuguese, was introduced.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.87 g, gold, 18 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-1487; KM-187; Gomes-41.08.


  • 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, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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