St. Thomas and Prince 1825 40 reis

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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, lot 22975
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This specimen was lot 22975 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $881.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "SAINT THOMAS & PRINCE. 40 Reis, 1825. NGC MS-64 RB. Lisbon. Mintage of 24,000 with few surviving in anything like the condition seen here. The only red/brown example graded at NGC. Well struck with traces of orange. Reverse 5 percent off center." The colony, originally a slave trading station, later turned to sugar production and finally cacao. The Portuguese withdrew in 1975. This rather scarce issue was made in Lisbon along with a copper twenty and eighty réis. It may be distinguished from Brazilian issues by the denomination in Arabic numbers rather than Roman (see Brazil).

Recorded mintage: 27,947.

Specification: 6.42 g, copper, 29.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-E1; Gomes-05.01 or Gomes-P5.10.06 (with counterstamp).


  • 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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