Portugal (1663) 500 reis KM-437.3

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen was lot 31326 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $564. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II Counterstamped 500 Reis ND (1698) VF35 NGC, 500 Reis Counterstamp upon 400 Reis of Porto. The host coin is quite strong for the type." This specimen began life as an undated 400 réis from the Porto mint and was counterstamped in 1663 to raise its value to 500 réis. Four hundred réis from Evora and Lisbon suffered similar treatment (KM 437.2 and 437.1). Other silver coins of João IV (40 réis, 80 réis and 200 réis) were also counterstamped. In 1668, the gold coinage endured a similar process.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM 437.3, Gomes-117.02, Bentes-57.03.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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