Portugal 1823 40 reis KM-370

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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, lot 22893
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This specimen was lot 22893 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $105.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "PORTUGAL. 40 Reis (Pataco), 1823. NGC EF-45 BN. Separated inscription above bust. Pleasing cocoa brown surfaces." The cataloguers miscatalogued this as KM-371, with a different reverse; this specimen appears to be the usual KM-370, with the shield over the crowned globe. This type, a forty réis or pataco was struck 1820-25 and is scarce in nice condition. These heavy bronze coins received much abuse and are normally found in low grade. The last pataco was struck in 1847. King João VI was regent for his mother starting in 1799 and became king on his mother's death in 1816.

Recorded mintage: 2,621,741 (all varieties).

Specification: 38.4 g, copper, 36 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-370; Gomes 04.08 (continuous obverse legend) or Gomes-05.07 (space between D G and PORT, shown here).


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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