12,800 Reis, Brazil, 1732


The reis was a tiny Portuguese monetary unit in use from 1430 to 1911, and its coins often came in large denominations, such as this 12800 reis piece from Brazil. In the colonies of English America, non-English coins like the reis circulated freely, their value determined by the weight and type of metal they contained. This practice continued after the founding of the United States, finally ending in the mid-19th century.

Date Made: 1732

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: BrazilPlace Of Issue: Brazil

See more items in: Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection, Josiah K. Lilly Jr. Collection


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Credit Line: Estate of Josiah K. Lilly

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.68.159.1266Accession Number: 283645Catalog Number: 68.159.1266NU*283645.4017

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: gold (overall metal)0 (overall die axis)0 (overall die axis measurement)struck (overall production method)Measurements: overall: 37 mm; 1 15/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-d78b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1155546

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