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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Medieval & Modern Coins| > |Portugal| > WO42233
Portuguese Empire, Maria and Peter III, Brazil Colony, 1781; Countermarked to 80 Reis, 1809
|Portugal|, |Portuguese| |Empire,| |Maria| |and| |Peter| |III,| |Brazil| |Colony,| |1781;| |Countermarked| |to| |80| |Reis,| |1809|, In 1808, the Portuguese court, fleeing from Napoleon's invasion of Portugal moved the government to Rio de Janeiro. The countermark on this coin doubled the value to 80 Reis after April 18, 1809 to help finance the government in Brazil. The Portuguese king ruled his huge empire from Brazil for 13 years. He would have remained for the rest of his life if not for turmoil in Portugal due, among other reasons, to his long stay in Brazil after the end of Napoleon's reign.
WO42233. Bronze Escudete (40 Reis), Shield countermark, 80 reis, John VI, 1809, VF, Lisbon mint, weight 29.794g, maximum diameter 41.2mm, die axis 0o, 1781; obverse PECUNIA TOTUM CIRCUMIT ORBEM (the money circulates around the world), globe, ornamented poles, lines of latitude and longitude, horizontal band; reverse MARIA I E PETRUS III D G P E BRASILLE REGES, crown above XL (40 reis), flanked by quatrefoils, 1781 below flanked by six lobed pellets; shield countermark with 7 castles surrounding smaller inner shield area with 4 shields; SOLD


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