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    Brazil. Joao V 6400 Reis 1736-B, KM151. VF. Bahia mint. Heavily clipped to a weight of 7 dwt, 6 grains (173.8 grains). Crudely re-edged, apparently more than once, with a combination of parallel diagonal reeds and vertical file marks. Clipped circumferentially to the tops of obverse legends, affecting some letters atop that side. Pleasing dusky yellow gold with some faint hairlines, two thin horizontal hairline scratches on chin. This piece is roughly 20% underweight, representing just the sort of problem that the act of regulating would ideally solve. At its current weight, a coin of this weight would have passed for about $6 1/3 Spanish milled dollars in pre-Revolutionary America, slightly more or less depending upon the precise region and era.

    Provenance: From an English school collection, formed ca. 1930-1950; Christie's sale of October 1989, Lot 1017; Christie's sale of July 1990, Lot 362. The earliest accompanying ticket notes that this piece was "cut down + grained for use in B[ritish] Guiana."
    From the Edward Roehrs Collection of U.S. Regulated Gold.


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