Portugal 1730 6400 reis

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 25272
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25272 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description[1] noted, "João V gold 6400 Reis 1730, AU55 NGC, an attractive example with considerable mint luster, rare early date for this issue." This type was the 6400 réis or "joe" struck in large quantities in Portugal and Brazil in the eighteenth century. The early dates (1723-32) are priced about double the later dates (1735-50).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 14.34 g, .917 fine gold, .421 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 221, Gomes 126.08.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • Sáez Salgado, Javier, Moedas de Ouro de Portugal, 1185-1889, Lisbon, Numisma Leiloes, 2001.
  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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