Portugal 1781 400 reis

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Sincona sale 18, lot 3026
This specimen was lot 3026 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 100 (about US$132 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"400 Reis 1781. Lissabon Sehr schön. (kingdom of Portugal, cruzado of 1781, Lisbon mint, very fine.)"
This denomination, called a "cruzado," was struck intermittently throughout the eighteenth century. This type is recorded for 1778-82. At some point the coin was revalued to 480 réis but continued to be struck bearing "400" on the obverse. This type has a Davenport number but it's really too small to call it a crown.

Recorded mintage: 576,018.

Specification: 14.7 g, .917 fine silver, 35 mm diameter; this specimen 14.47 g.

Catalog reference: KM 273, Dav-1631, Gomes-17.03.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Sáez Salgado, Javier, Moedas de Ouro de Portugal, 1185-1889, Lisbon, Numisma Leiloes, 2001.
  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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