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    Brazil. Jose I 6400 Reis 1765-R. Rio mint. KM172.2. Choice XF. Straight clip under left side of date reduces weight to just a half grain under 9 dwt (215.4 grains). Even light yellow gold with matte surfaces from sand wear, softly struck on cheek and lower curls, suggestions of luster remaining on reverse. This was likely very close to Mint State when submerged. The original edge device remains everywhere but at the location of the short clip. Clips of this size at this precise location are often found on pieces also marked by New York regulators, especially John Burger. A clip like this, obvious as it is, suggests regulation by subtraction (down to a standard of 9 dwt) rather than clipping to defraud.

    This piece traces its provenance to a find on the east coast of Florida and still bears a sticker on its reverse showing its weight as noted by the finders. Other examples from this find are offered in the present sale. The most famous piece from this discovery was a Jamaica GR-marked 8 Escudos of Santiago.

    Provenance: From Spink's sale of October 10, 1990, Lot 747. Earlier, from a sand find on the east coast of Florida, described as "a group of 15 Portuguese gold 'Joes' recovered from an unknown wreck in the Caribbean."
    From the Edward Roehrs Collection of U.S. Regulated Gold.


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