Portugal 1790 400 reis

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Heritage sale 3019, lot 25308
Portugal 1790 400 reis rev Heritage 3019-25308.jpg

This specimen was lot 25308 in Heritage sale 3019 (Chicago, April 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Maria I gold 400 Reis 1790, AU50 NGC, sharply struck details, very attractive for this diminutive gold type." This denomination, called a "cruzado novo," was struck intermittently throughout the eighteenth century. This type is recorded for 1787, 1790, 1795 and 1796 of which the 1790 is the most common. At some point the coin was revalued to 480 réis but continued to be struck bearing "400" on the obverse.

Recorded mintage: 22,425.

Specification: 1.07 g, .917 fine gold, .031 troy oz AGW, 15 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 291, Gomes-19.02.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cristiano Bierrenbach, World and Ancient Coins sale 3019, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • 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.

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