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N9580 Coin, silver, Brazil c. 1808, counterstamped 960 Reis on 8 Reales of Charles IIII of Spain (1788-1808), dated 1805, issued by Potosi Mint, Bolivia. Click to enlarge.

Counterstamped coin issued by Potosi Mint

Made in Brazil, South America, 1805.

Counterstamped coin, insert edge type OBVERSE: central effigy of Charles IIII of Spain, facing right, counterstamped with circular stamp featuring coat of arms surrounded by a laurel leaf / 960, surrounding legend, "CAROLUS. IIII. DEI. GRATIA. 1805." REVERSE: central effigy

Summary

Object No.

N9580

Object Statement

Coin, silver, Brazil c. 1808, counterstamped 960 Reis on 8 Reales of Charles IIII of Spain (1788-1808), dated 1805, issued by Potosi Mint, Bolivia

Physical Description

Counterstamped coin, insert edge type
OBVERSE: central effigy of Charles IIII of Spain, facing right, counterstamped with circular stamp featuring coat of arms surrounded by a laurel leaf / 960, surrounding legend, "CAROLUS. IIII. DEI. GRATIA. 1805."
REVERSE: central effigy

Dimensions

Depth

2 mm

Production

History

Used

Spain, Europe

Notes

There are several possible prototypes from which Macquarie may have gain the idea of a ?Holey Dollar? coinage, and this counterstamped Spanish Dollar of Charles IV, Santiago Mint, 1805, is one.
Counterstamped with a circular stamp revaluing the coin at 960 Reis, for use in Brazil when the seat of Government was transferred temporarily from Lisbon to Rio-de-Janeiro, in 1807-1808, it has the appearance of a Holey Dollar.
As Rio was frequently used as a port of call by ships voyaging to New South Wales, coins of this type might well have been familiar to Governor Macquarie.
- From Sydney Mint Museum label written by curator, Major HP (Pat) Boland, c1982

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Australian Museum, 1961

Acquisition Date

27 February 1961

Cite this Object

Harvard

Counterstamped coin issued by Potosi Mint 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 January 2020, <https://ma.as/315052>

Wikipedia

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This object is currently on display in Icons: From the MAAS Collection at the Powerhouse Museum.

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