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    Brazil. Jose I 6400 Reis 1776-R. Rio mint. KM172.2. AU. Clipped and re-edged. Weight a half grain over the typical post-Revolutionary standard of 9 dwt, but 2.5 grains below the pre-1784 New York standard of 9 dwt, 3 grains (216.5 grains). Fairly expertly clipped down to the midpoint of the denticles, re-edged with a sharp relief two-leaf design. Lustrous light yellow gold with some scattered light scratches on lower obverse, some hints of old residue in protected areas of the obverse design. This would have appeared to have been an unmolested Half Joe to most viewers in the 18th century, as the clipping is not obvious and the edge device is passable. After 1784, this would have been a perfectly acceptable Half Joe, deemed full weight throughout North America. The clipping and re-edging could have been done fraudulently before 1784; after 1784, a clever merchant would have instead simply been reducing the piece's weight to the expected standard and pocketing the overage himself. Given the extra half grain, he was actually leaving money on the table; this amount of gold was worth five farthings in Boston in 1784, for instance. The date of this piece makes it especially desirable for American collectors.

    Provenance: From Sotheby's (Geneva), November 1987, Lot 218.
    From the Edward Roehrs Collection of U.S. Regulated Gold.


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