Portugal 1837 400 reis

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 22480
Portugal 1837 400 reis rev Heritage 3021-22480.jpg

This specimen was lot 22480 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $3,290. The catalog description[1] noted, "Maria II 400 Reis 1837, AU58 NGC, beautiful reddish silver patina and very choice for this last year of issue and rarest date of the type." This type was struck 1833-37 during the reign of queen Maria II (1834-53). The 1837 is the rare date. This coin is the closest thing to a crown issued by Portugal during this period. The 400 réis or pinto was struck until 1837, when Portuguese currency was reformed and decimalized. At that time, this coin was replaced by a 1000 réis piece weighing 29.6 grams.

Recorded mintage: 193,944.

Specification: 14.4 g, .916 fine silver, 35 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 403.2, Gomes-16.07, Dav-264.


  • 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]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.

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