1822 Pedro I gold coin auctions for $499,500 at Heritage

One of just 16 extant 1822 Brazilian Pedro I gold 6400 reis coins has starred at Heritage Auctions' World & Ancient Coin Signature Auction - setting a new record for a Brazilian coin at auction.

The coin sold for $499,375 at the January 5-6 sale in New York, demolishing its $300,000 high estimate.

Pedro Brazil gold coin
Pedro was not a fan of the design. He was depicted in military uniform the following year.

The coin's strong price can be attributed in large part to its importance and rarity. The 6400 reis from 1822 was the first coin produced in the newly independent country. What is more, only 64 were ever struck, just 16 exist today and only nine are in private ownership.

In "superb condition for the type", according to Heritage, the AU55-graded piece (NGC) also arrived at the auction with superb provenance, having once resided in the collection of famed coin collector Augusto Souza Lobo.

The coins were presented to guests at the coronation of Brazil's first emperor, Pedro I, who was apparently unhappy with the design. Coins produced the following year dispensed with the laurel wreath, instead depicting Pedro in full military regalia.

A Mexican Felipe V gold royal cob 8 escudos from 1711 also put in a good performance.

Called "one of the most important coins of the Spanish Colonial period" by Heritage, it sold for $293,750, its rarity being a major factor. Just 50 Mexican royal 8 escudos exist, with only two known that date from 1711.

Click here to view our selection of rare coins for sale.

January is a huge month for coin auctions. Sign up to our free newsletter today to ensure you miss none of the action.

Featured products

Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Sale price£399
In stock
Fidel Castro signed certificateFidel Castro Signed Certificate
Fidel Castro signed certificate
Sale price£2,995
In stock
King Henry VIII Autographed DocumentKing Henry VIII Autographed Document
King Henry VIII Autographed Document
Sale price£55,000
In stock