12,800 Reis, Brazil, 1732

12,800 Reis, Brazil, 1732

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coin
Date made
1732
place made
Brazil
place of issue
Brazil
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
ID Number
NU.68.159.1266
accession number
283645
catalog number
68.159.1266
NU*283645.4017
Credit Line
Estate of Josiah K. Lilly
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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