Portugal 1730 800 reis

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Eliasberg, lot 660
Portugal 1730 800 reis rev Eliasberg 660.jpg

This specimen was lot 660 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $138. The catalog description[1] noted, "1730 800 reis. EF-45 (NGC). Types as above. Medium gold with slight toning at the periphery. From Stack's sale of the Col. James W. Flanagan Collection, March 1944, Lot 193." This type was struck in Lisbon 1723-50 and is often catalogued as a half escudo even tho it preceded the introduction of the Spanish half escudo by some fifteen years and contained about 10% more gold. Despite the low value listed in the SCWC, this little coin is quite scarce and one should expect to pay substantially over the estimate on the infrequent occasions it comes up for sale. This denomination was last issued in 1821 during the reign of João VI. Brazilian 800 réis were struck 1727-86.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.79 g, .917 fine gold, .053 troy oz AGW, 16 mm diameter; this specimen: 1.55 grams, 15.90 mm.

Catalog reference: KM 218, Fr-92. Gomes-110.10.


  • 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.
  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • 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.

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