Portugal 1805 800 reis

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 22471
Portugal 1805 800 reis rev Heritage 3021-22471.jpg

This specimen was lot 22471 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $1,527.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "João VI gold 1/2 Escudo (800 Reis) 1805, AU58 NGC, very scarce type and grade, nicely struck on both sides with considerable mint luster." This type was struck 1805-07 in small quantities compared to the larger peça (6400 réis). The coin, sometimes called a half escudo, was also struck in Brazil but not in the nineteenth century.

Recorded mintage: 3,278.

Specification: 1.79 g, .917 fine gold, .052 troy oz AGW, 18 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 337, Gomes-28.01.


  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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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