Goa 1851 pardao
This specimen was lot 22560 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $164.50. The catalog description noted, "INDIA. Portuguese India. Goa. Pardau (300 Reis), 1851. NGC VF-35. An exceptionally nice example of this often crudely struck issue. Even dark tone with the high points a bit lighter showing off the design." 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 1851, 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 1851 only. In 1871, a new series of milled coinage, struck by the British for the Portuguese, was introduced.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 2.7 g, silver, 20 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-276; Gomes-20.01.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.