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The New England Collection: PART 2

TREASURE, WORLD AND U.S. COIN AUCTION #14
Floor auction in Orlando and LIVE on the Internet - October 30, 2013
Internet-only LIVE auction - November 1, 2013

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We are honored to present Part II of the New England Collection of Brazilian Coins in our upcoming Treasure and World Coin Auction #14, our first FLOOR Auction. This well put-together type collection covers some of the most difficult areas of Brazilian coins,  with over 27 finest-known pieces,  and unique dates and varieties. The core of the collection was acquired in the 1940s to 1970s, many handled and resold by the famous numismatist Kurt Prober.  The New England Collection will be remembered for its unique key pieces and the quality of coins that are rarely found in such nice condition.
 
These coins will be auctioned on October 30, 2013, by Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC. For more information regarding accommodations for the hotel, the online or printed catalogs, please contact us at questions@sedwickcoins.com or call at 407.975.3325.

 

Lot# 92 Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Pedro II, 1697, encapsulated NGC MS 61, finest known in NGC census by THREE grades.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Pedro II, 1697, encapsulated NGC MS 61, finest known in NGC census by THREE grades. Russo-25. Choice coin and extremely rare in this grade, lustrous and problem-free, by far the finest specimen on record, key date. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 93 Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Pedro II, 1698/7, encapsulated NGC MS 61, finest known in NGC census by EIGHT grades.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Pedro II, 1698/7, encapsulated NGC MS 61, finest known in NGC census by EIGHT grades. Russo-unl. (cf. 26). Extremely rare grade for this very early type, way above the next-best specimen on record, truly a superb example with full glowing mint brilliance and exceptionally sharp details (in fact worthy of an even higher number, in our opinion). The 8/7 overdate, which is not listed in Russo, is very clear but not mentioned inside the slab. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2500-3750 Starting bid: $1500

Lot# 94 Brazil (Minas mint), 6400 reis, Joao V, 1733-M, extremely rare, clipped and edge re-applied for circulation in the West Indies.

Brazil (Minas mint), 6400 reis, Joao V, 1733-M, extremely rare, clipped and edge re-applied for circulation in the West Indies. KM-135; Russo-281; Gomes-132.05. While technically a multi-year type (1727-34), really only the 1733 and 1734 exist, the other dates being unique or unknown, with less than ten specimens known across all the dates and the whole type missing in many iconic old Brazilian collections. Specimens of either date, of which the 1733 is arguably rarer, typically sell for tens of thousands of dollars in any grade. This specimen bears the distinction of being the first known example to have had its edge trimmed down and re-done to circulate in the West Indies, barely noticeable without careful weighing; but clearly the circulation was minimal, as we would grade this coin XF/AU with traces of original luster in legends (great eye-appeal). Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $20000-Up Starting bid: $12500

Lot# 95 Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Joao V, 1745-R, encapsulated NGC AU 55.

Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Joao V, 1745-R, encapsulated NGC AU 55. Russo-220. Choice specimen with beautiful luster (reminiscent of a higher grade) but slight wear on bust or possibly just light strike. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 96 Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao V, 1717-RRRR, encapsulated NGC AU 58, second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao V, 1717-RRRR, encapsulated NGC AU 58, second finest known in NGC census. Russo-169. Superb full mint luster and no wear at all but with high points slightly flat (weak strike), faint scratch inside crown, a very flashy and attractive coin overall. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1750-2500 Starting bid: $1050

Lot# 97 Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Joao V, 1721-BBBB, inverted reverse (rare), encapsulated NGC MS 62, finest known in NGC census by THREE grades.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Joao V, 1721-BBBB, inverted reverse (rare), encapsulated NGC MS 62, finest known in NGC census by THREE grades. Russo-67a. Astonishing quality and eye-appeal, with prooflike, mirror surfaces and a total lack of flaws and wear, clearly higher grade but probably conservatively assessed by NGC due to a total lack of comparable specimens, truly the most beautiful specimen of this denomination we have ever seen, and a rare variety on top of that. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $3500-5000 Starting bid: $2000

Lot# 98 Brazil (Minas mint), 4000 reis, Joao V, 1725-MMMM, encapsulated NGC AU 55, tied for finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Minas mint), 4000 reis, Joao V, 1725-MMMM, encapsulated NGC AU 55, tied for finest known in NGC census. KM-115; Russo-241. Extremely rare type from the dobrao series of the Minas Gerais mint, within which only a few of this date are known. This top specimen exhibits beautiful natural "cabinet" toning, darkening toward the rims over original luster, in our opinion at least a grade higher than stated. As usual, it seems a lack of comparable specimens has sparked conservativism, as this is one of only two listed in the current NGC census of gradable specimens, both AU 55 and our coin visibly superior. Mintage of this denomination was suspended in 1727; when it resumed in 1749 it was at a lower weight of 8.07 grams. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $15000-Up Starting bid: $9000

Lot# 99 Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 4000 reis, Joao V, 1749, encapsulated NGC AU 55.

Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 4000 reis, Joao V, 1749, encapsulated NGC AU 55. Russo-292. One-year type struck at Lisbon for the State of Maranhao. First year of new standard, as earlier 4000 reis weighed 10.75 grams. Much luster but some minor wear or weak strike on highest points. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2500-3750 Starting bid: $1500

Lot# 100 Brazil (Bahia mint), 3200 reis, Joao V, 1750-B, encapsulated NGC AU 50, finest and only known specimen in NGC census.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 3200 reis, Joao V, 1750-B, encapsulated NGC AU 50, finest and only known specimen in NGC census. Russo-132. Extremely rare Bahia type, a classic rarity in the Brazilian series, virtually impossible to acquire in any condition, with probably only thee specimens known across all the potential dates (1727-1750), despite what Russo shows. In fact this type is totally absent in all important collections on record, and the present coin is the only one known to be graded (and therefore problem-free), with lovely old toning, its red hue gracing the outline of all the devices, all details sharp but with a minimum of wear, worthy for display in a museum. It should be noted also that this specific date is potentially the rarest by virtue of the fact that Joao V died in Lisbon on July 31, 1750, and new coins under his successor Jose I started the same year. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $35000-Up Starting bid: $21000

Lot# 101 Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 2000 reis, Joao V, 1749, encapsulated NGC MS 62, tied for second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 2000 reis, Joao V, 1749, encapsulated NGC MS 62, tied for second finest known in NGC census. Russo-291. One-year type struck at Lisbon for the State of Maranhao. First year of new standard, as earlier 2000 reis weighed 5.37 grams. Choice specimen with nice luster, attractive strike, faint ripple in flan. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 102 Brazil (struck in Lisbon), Joao V, 1000 reis, 1749, encapsulated NGC AU 58, second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (struck in Lisbon), Joao V, 1000 reis, 1749, encapsulated NGC AU 58, second finest known in NGC census. Russo-290. One-year type struck at Lisbon for the State of Maranhao. First year of new standard, as earlier 1000 reis weighed 2.68 grams. Muted luster all over, with spots of reddish purple toning. The only higher-grade specimen is the Eliasberg coin, at MS 63, which shows a similar grade in appearance but with obvious adjustment marks and lacking the attractive red toning our coin has. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1250-2000 Starting bid: $750

Lot# 103 Brazil (Minas mint), 400 reis, Joao V, 1734-M, encapsulated NGC VF 35.

Brazil (Minas mint), 400 reis, Joao V, 1734-M, encapsulated NGC VF 35. Russo-255. Also known as the quartinho, this is the smallest gold issue of Joao V, a tough coin to find in undamaged condition, the present coin quite competent with only good, honest wear and no problems. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $400-600 Starting bid: $240

Lot# 104 Brazil (Rio mint), 400 reis, Joao V, 1734-R, encapsulated NGC MS 62, finest known in NGC census, ex-Norweb.

Brazil (Rio mint), 400 reis, Joao V, 1734-R, encapsulated NGC MS 62, finest known in NGC census, ex-Norweb. Russo-198. Despite its diminutive size, this one-year Rio type is an iconic piece under Joao V in gold. With beautiful, bright luster all around, this coin exhibits choice inner details and nice rims for about 80% of its circumference, the remaining 20% plagued with a strange mint-flaw (lacuna) that is decidedly natural and not damage. Desirable pedigree. Pedigreed to the New England Collection and to the Norweb Collection (Christie's, March 1997, lot #686), stated in the slab. Estimate: $2500-3750 Starting bid: $1500

Lot# 106 Brazil (Bahia mint), 6400 reis, Jose I, 1756-B, encapsulated NGC AU 58.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 6400 reis, Jose I, 1756-B, encapsulated NGC AU 58. Russo-386. Nice strike and luster, with a modicum of bagmarks. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1500-2250 Starting bid: $900

Lot# 107 Brazil (Bahia mint), 6400 reis, Jose I, 1776-B, encapsulated NGC AU 55, tied for second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 6400 reis, Jose I, 1776-B, encapsulated NGC AU 55, tied for second finest known in NGC census. Russo-406. Lustrous and attractive, especially for a Bahia mint issue, with minor bagmarks keeping it from a higher grade, desirable date for US collectors. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1500-2250 Starting bid: $900

Lot# 109 Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 4000 reis, Jose I, 1777, inverted reverse, encapsulated NGC MS 62, tied for second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 4000 reis, Jose I, 1777, inverted reverse, encapsulated NGC MS 62, tied for second finest known in NGC census. Russo-337. Last date for Jose I, therefore a desirable year and very difficult to find in this high-quality condition, with choice luster and red toning all over. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1750-2500 Starting bid: $1050

Lot# 110 Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 2000 reis, Jose I, 1752, encapsulated NGC AU 58, second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 2000 reis, Jose I, 1752, encapsulated NGC AU 58, second finest known in NGC census. Russo-302. Original mint-luster and spots of toning, more like Mint State but with tops of details not fully struck-through. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1750-2500 Starting bid: $1050

Lot# 111 Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 1000 reis, Jose I, 1752, inverted reverse, encapsulated NGC MS 61.

Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 1000 reis, Jose I, 1752, inverted reverse, encapsulated NGC MS 61. Russo-300a. Nice strike, muted luster but clearly no wear. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1500-2250 Starting bid: $900

Lot# 112 Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 1000 reis, Jose I, 1752, normal reverse (medal alignment), encapsulated NGC AU 62.

Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 1000 reis, Jose I, 1752, normal reverse (medal alignment), encapsulated NGC AU 62. Russo-300. Nice strike, muted luster but clearly no wear. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1000-1500 Starting bid: $600

Lot# 113 Brazil (Bahia mint), 6400 reis, Maria I and Pedro III, 1778-B, PORT.ALG. variety, encapsulated NGC AU details / surface hairlines.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 6400 reis, Maria I and Pedro III, 1778-B, PORT.ALG. variety, encapsulated NGC AU details / surface hairlines. Russo-483a. Variety lacking "ET" in legend and with mintmark notoriously re-engraved from R to B, the Bahia issues much rarer than Rio, very lustrous and wear-free, with light scratch on queen's neck. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 114 Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Maria I and Pedro III, 1778-R, encapsulated NGC AU details / surface hairlines.

Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Maria I and Pedro III, 1778-R, encapsulated NGC AU details / surface hairlines. Russo-460. Nice strike with lustrous fields, old scratches on queen's neck. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1000-1500 Starting bid: $600

Lot# 115 Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 4000 reis, Maria I and Pedro III, 1779, encapsulated NGC MS 62, tied for second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 4000 reis, Maria I and Pedro III, 1779, encapsulated NGC MS 62, tied for second finest known in NGC census. Russo-455. Excellent strike and lovely luster, and somewhat rare as one of only two coins listed in the current NGC census of gradable specimens. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 116 Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Maria I (widow bust), 1788/7-R, encapsulated NGC AU 58, second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Maria I (widow bust), 1788/7-R, encapsulated NGC AU 58, second finest known in NGC census. Russo-unl. (cf. 525). Choice strike except for part of rims, with eye-catching luster but too many lines in fields to make NGC Mint State, still notable as one of only two listed in the current NGC census of gradable specimens. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1000-1500 Starting bid: $600

Lot# 117 Brazil (Bahia mint), 6400 reis, Maria I (widow bust), 1789-B, modified Rio dies.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 6400 reis, Maria I (widow bust), 1789-B, modified Rio dies. Russo-506. Highly lustrous and well-struck, with mintmark re-engraved from R to B and with Rio-style bust. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1250-2000 Starting bid: $750

Lot# 118 Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Maria I, 1791-R, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Maria I, 1791-R, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for finest known in NGC census. Russo-529. Nice luster and strike, faint hint of toning all over. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1500-2250 Starting bid: $900

Lot# 119 Brazil (Bahia mint), 6400 reis, Maria I, 1797-B, encapsulated NGC MS 63, finest known in NGC census by FOUR grades.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 6400 reis, Maria I, 1797-B, encapsulated NGC MS 63, finest known in NGC census by FOUR grades. Russo-515. Flawless specimen with full mint brilliance, clearly the best on record by a long shot, just a few minor bagmarks here and there. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2500-3750 Starting bid: $1500

Lot# 120 Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Maria I, 1800-R, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Maria I, 1800-R, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for second finest known in NGC census. Russo-538. A flashy, prooflike gem, dripping with luster and flawless in strike and preservation, more like MS 64 in our opinion. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1500-2250 Starting bid: $900

Lot# 121 Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 4000 reis, Maria I, 1787, encapsulated NGC MS 62, tied for second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (struck in Lisbon), 4000 reis, Maria I, 1787, encapsulated NGC MS 62, tied for second finest known in NGC census. Russo-496. Unlisted variety with A of DOMINA struck slightly offset and over another letter, choice coin with deep old toning and underlying luster all over. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2500-3750 Starting bid: $1500

Lot# 122 Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1808/7-R, encapsulated NGC UNC details / surface hairlines.

Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1808/7-R, encapsulated NGC UNC details / surface hairlines. Russo-unl. (cf. 558). Unusually fine details and mirrorlike fields (prooflike) but with a few faint hairlines (not from cleaning), so probably some sort of special issue, very flashy and attractive in any case. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 123 Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1810-R, encapsulated NGC MS 64, tied for finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1810-R, encapsulated NGC MS 64, tied for finest known in NGC census. Russo-560. Nice strike and lustrous all over, with faint streak of toning, virtually perfect except for adjustment marks near reverse rim at 9 o'clock, still none finer. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2500-3750 Starting bid: $1500

Lot# 124 Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1806, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1806, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for finest known in NGC census. Russo-545. Choice strike and full mint-luster as apparently struck from fresh dies, just parts of the rims slightly crude, better mint and date. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 125 Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1808/6, encapsulated NGC MS 62, tied for second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1808/6, encapsulated NGC MS 62, tied for second finest known in NGC census. Russo-unl. (cf. 547). Bright yellow color, with nice luster and sharp details (excellent eye appeal), very clear overdate that is unlisted in references and not mentioned inside the slab. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1750-2500 Starting bid: $1050

Lot# 126 Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1809/8, encapsulated NGC MS 61, tied for finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1809/8, encapsulated NGC MS 61, tied for finest known in NGC census. Russo-unl. (cf. 548). Beautiful luster and no wear at all, just some weak strike to right of center (left of center on reverse), bold (unlisted) overdate. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1750-2500 Starting bid: $1050

Lot# 127 Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1810, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1810, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for second finest known in NGC census. Russo-570. Lightly toned, highly lustrous and perfect except for rim at top of reverse, great eye-appeal. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1750-2500 Starting bid: $1050

Lot# 128 Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1811, dots flanking date, encapsulated NGC MS 62, second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1811, dots flanking date, encapsulated NGC MS 62, second finest known in NGC census. Russo-550. Spectacular natural smoky toning with uniquely iridescent orange patina, one of the most beautiful 4000 reis of this period and certainly a standout in this collection. It should also be noted that this coin is one of only two listed in the current NGC census of gradable (and of course genuine) specimens. This coin must be viewed in person, as even the best digital images can't do this amazing piece justice. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 129 Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1811, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1811, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for finest known in NGC census. Russo-571. Blazingly lustrous and sharply struck, the depth of strike most apparent at about 1-2 o'clock on the obverse where the planchet is slightly concave, a lovely gem all around. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1750-2500 Starting bid: $1050

Lot# 130 Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1814, encapsulated NGC MS 62, finest and only known specimen in NGC census.

Brazil (Bahia mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1814, encapsulated NGC MS 62, finest and only known specimen in NGC census. Russo-552. Beautiful luster and strike, totally problem-free, conservatively graded in the absence of any comparable examples. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 131 Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1815/4, encapsulated NGC MS 63, second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1815/4, encapsulated NGC MS 63, second finest known in NGC census. Russo-575a. Rare overdate, nice luster and strike, just one grade away from finest at MS 64. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 132 Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1816, REGENS on reverse, encapsulated NGC MS 62, finest and only known specimen in NGC census.

Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1816, REGENS on reverse, encapsulated NGC MS 62, finest and only known specimen in NGC census. Russo-578. Rare and highly sought one-year type with different legends ending with PORT.BRAS.ET.ALG on obverse and starting with PRINCEPS.REGENS on reverse, extremely rare in this grade, with superb strike and luster, light yellow color. It should be noted that, while this coin is the only one listed in the NGC census for this rare type, the Eliasberg specimen at MS 65 appears in the census as mis-attributed to the common type (REGENS on obverse). Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $5000-Up Starting bid: $3000

Lot# 133 Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1817, encapsulated NGC MS 64, finest known in NGC census by two grades.

Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1817, encapsulated NGC MS 64, finest known in NGC census by two grades. Russo-577. Flawless strike and luster all over, as close to perfect as possible, popular as the last year of Brazilian colonial coinage. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 134 Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1819, date between 6-petal flowers, encapsulated NGC UNC details / surface hairlines.

Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao Prince Regent, 1819, date between 6-petal flowers, encapsulated NGC UNC details / surface hairlines. Russo-583. Perfect strike and highly lustrous, really no traces of hairlines visible and in our opinion strongly eligible for MS 62 or better. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 135 Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao VI, 1820, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao VI, 1820, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for finest known in NGC census. Russo-584; KM-327.1. Deep yellow color and intense original luster, perfect strike. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 136 Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao VI, 1820, encapsulated NGC MS 62.

Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Joao VI, 1820, encapsulated NGC MS 62. Russo-584; KM-327.1. Impressive natural patina over "black gold" color type, nice luster and strike (very slightly off-center). Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 137 Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Pedro I, 1828-R, extremely rare, encapsulated NGC AU 58, second finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Rio mint), 6400 reis, Pedro I, 1828-R, extremely rare, encapsulated NGC AU 58, second finest known in NGC census. Russo-602; KM-370.1. A classic rarity of Brazilian numismatics, the Pedro I 6400 reis is an extremely rare issue, of which only a few hundred specimens were struck in any given year from 1823 to 1828. This year (1828) was in fact among the lowest mintage of the series (650 struck) and probably the second rarest date, in any case rarer by far than the lower-mintage 1827 (637 struck), according to Russo. Today only about five genuine specimens of the 1828 are known, and it bears the distinction of being the last date issued before Pedro left for Portugal in 1831 to put his daughter Maria II onto the throne during the civil war against his brother Miguel. As this 1823-1828 issue immediately followed the famous “coronation” 6400 reis of 1822, and was struck only in very small numbers with specially polished dies to create a prooflike image, it is conceivable that all the 6400 reis of Pedro I were intended as presentation pieces and not for general circulation. It should be noted that the present coin is one of only two listed in the current NGC census of gradable (and therefore genuine) specimens. With choice bold details and flashy mint-luster that are usually only found on prooflike coins, the present specimen seems undergraded to us, and we believe the AU designation is due to misinterpretation of a slight flatness of strike on the high points on the obverse, as this coin clearly shows no wear. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $20000-Up Starting bid: $12000

Lot# 138 Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Pedro I, 1824-R, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for finest known in NGC census.

Brazil (Rio mint), 4000 reis, Pedro I, 1824-R, encapsulated NGC MS 63, tied for finest known in NGC census. Russo-594; KM-369.1. Highly lustrous, with nearly flawlessly detailed bust (just a little weakness on the reverse), a superb example of this scarce issue under the newly created Brazilian empire. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2500-3750 Starting bid: $1500

Lot# 139 Brazil, 20000 reis, Pedro II, 1851, large bust (

Brazil, 20000 reis, Pedro II, 1851, large bust ("Papo de Tucano") encapsulated NGC MS 64, finest known in NGC census. Russo-634. Superb strike with choice details everywhere, muted luster with hint of toning, only visible flaw being two tiny marks in the hair, still the best of its kind, and there are many (currently 43 coins in the NGC census). Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1750-2500 Starting bid: $1050

Lot# 140 Brazil, 20000 reis, Pedro II, 1851, small bust, encapsulated NGC MS 64, finest known in NGC census by two grades.

Brazil, 20000 reis, Pedro II, 1851, small bust, encapsulated NGC MS 64, finest known in NGC census by two grades. Russo-635. Lustrous and well struck, just a little bagmarked, still quite exemplary as the best of 92 coins currently in the NGC census. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1750-2500 Starting bid: $1050

Lot# 141 Brazil, 20000 reis, Pedro II, 1853, encapsulated NGC MS 65, finest known in NGC census by two grades.

Brazil, 20000 reis, Pedro II, 1853, encapsulated NGC MS 65, finest known in NGC census by two grades. Russo-673. Flashy luster and perfect strike, the best of 38 coins currently in the NGC census, just a few tiny bagmarks. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1750-2500 Starting bid: $1050

Lot# 142 Brazil, 20000 reis, Pedro II, 1853, loose beard, encapsulated NGC MS 63.

Brazil, 20000 reis, Pedro II, 1853, loose beard, encapsulated NGC MS 63. Russo-673a. Scarcer "Barba Solta" (loose beard) variety, albeit not noted inside the slab or in the census, but clearly a choice specimen, with original, orange-red, iridiscent toning, perfect strike and ample luster, very minor bagmarks. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1750-2500 Starting bid: $1050

Lot# 143 Brazil, 10000 reis, Pedro II, 1851, large bust (

Brazil, 10000 reis, Pedro II, 1851, large bust ("Papo de Tucano"), encapsulated NGC AU 58. Russo-631. Very scarce denomination and type, rarely seen in this condition, with muted luster and minor bagmarks only. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1500-2250 Starting bid: $900

Lot# 144 Brazil, 10000 reis, Pedro II, 1855, encapsulated NGC MS 65, finest known in NGC census by three grades.

Brazil, 10000 reis, Pedro II, 1855, encapsulated NGC MS 65, finest known in NGC census by three grades. Russo-645. Bright and flashy luster, perfect strike, just a few tiny bagmarks, well deserving of its lofty status in the census. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $1500-2250 Starting bid: $900

Lot# 145 Brazil, 5000 reis, Pedro II, 1856, encapsulated NGC MS 64, finest known in NGC census.

Brazil, 5000 reis, Pedro II, 1856, encapsulated NGC MS 64, finest known in NGC census. Russo-639. Very scarce denomination and type to find in this condition, much scarcer than the 10000 and 20000 reis from the same series, which for this denomination ran for only six years (1854-59), this specimen with hints of red toning over bright original luster, minimal bagmarks. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $800-1200 Starting bid: $480

Lot# 146 Brazil, 20000 reis, 1900, encapsulated NGC MS 63, finest known in NGC census.

Brazil, 20000 reis, 1900, encapsulated NGC MS 63, finest known in NGC census. Russo-720. Lustrous and lightly toned, with minor bagmarks all over, from a series that began in 1889 in celebration of the four-hundredth anniversary of the discovery of Brazil. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $2000-3000 Starting bid: $1200

Lot# 147 Brazil, 10000 reis, 1916, encapsulated NGC MS 64, finest known in NGC census.

Brazil, 10000 reis, 1916, encapsulated NGC MS 64, finest known in NGC census. Russo-707. Prooflike specimen with frosty details and mirrorlike luster on both sides, best specimen on record of a fairly low-mintage issue, of which many were melted. Pedigreed to the New England Collection. Estimate: $4000-Up Starting bid: $2400