Portugal 1859 2000 reis
The first specimen was part of lot 36140 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), which sold for $2,820. The catalog description noted, "Twenty-three piece lot of Portugal and Colonies, (ca. 1521-1930) as follows, issues from Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal, Portuguese India, and St. Thomas and Prince. Included are (2) Portugal gold coins, 400 Reis 1736 and 2,000 Reis 1859, as well as several other scarce and rare issues. Grades from VG to AU. A lot that demands close inspection, but promises good benefit from those willing to spend the time to view. A very few pieces with cleaning, or slight problems." This denomination appeared after the conversion to decimal coinage in 1836. It was struck 1858-60 but is seldom seen compared to later issues that featured Luis I.
Recorded mintage: 15,925.
Specification: 3.54 g, .917 fine gold, 20 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 500, Gomes-11.02.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.