Brazil 1701-P 640 reis

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23159
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 23159 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $1,997.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Pedro II 640 Reis 1701P, MS61 NGC, legend ends REX-E-BD. Exceptionally sharp for this series with appealing light gray patina, a perfect type coin. Very scarce in mint state. From The Santana Collection of 640 Reis." The Pernambuco mint struck this type in several varieties 1700-02. It saw hard use for over a century and is unheard of in this quality.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 17.92 g, .917 fine silver, .528 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 90.3, LMDB P148a.


  • Amato, Claudio, Irlei S. Neves and Arnaldo Russo, Livro das Moedas do Brasil, 12a ed. Sao Paulo, 2008.
  • 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.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • Pimentel, Alvaro Mendes, Catálogo de Moedas Brasileiras de 1643 a 1962, 9a Ed., Rio de Janeiro, 1962.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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