Portuguese India 1881 1/4 tanga

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 33306
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 33306 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $810. The catalog description[1] noted, "Goa. Luiz I 1/4 Tanga 1881 MS64 Red and Brown PCGS. Lustrous and volcanic red, with a few light spots of toning in the fields. Tied for finest graded at PCGS, with none seen finer by NGC." This specimen is from a three year type struck for the Portuguese colonies in India. Once extensive, Portuguese dominions had dwindled by the 1800's to the enclaves of Goa, Diu and Damao. Issues up to 1952 were based on the rupee (one rupia = 16 tanga) and struck at the British controlled mints of Bombay and Calcutta. The year 1881 saw the only complete series of silver minted, including the eighth, quarter, half and one rupia. Copper issues included an eighth, quarter (shown here), half and one tanga.

Recorded mintage: 7,242,000 for 1881-86.

Specification: 6.4 g, copper, 25.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 308.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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 and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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