Portugal 40 Reis  1811 to 1825
Portugal 40 Reis 1811 to 1825

These 40 reis coins, colloquially known as 'patacos', were issued by King Joao of Portugal between 1811 and 1825. It is very difficult to find well preserved examples, and condition means a great deal to value. The 1815 date is rare and there are a few other nuances described below. Here are typical catalog values:

worn: $7 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $60
well preserved: $165
coins dated 1825 are less common in higher grades and catalog at $230 when well preserved

worn: $25
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $800

Further, note that there are two designs for the crowned globe on the back of the coin. One is a 'tall globe' and one is a 'round globe.' The tall design generally appears on coins dated before 1820 and the round globe appears after that. But, if you can find a tall globe on a coin dated 1821 or 1823, then you have a more valuable piece, as follows:

1821 OR 1823 COINS WITH TALL GLOBE (values for round globe are shown above)
worn: $50 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $200
well preserved: $550

Coin: 13887 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: andy, Tue, 12-Mar-2013 11:02:33 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Tue, 12-Mar-2013 16:22:58 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tue, 16-Aug-2016 03:51:34 GMT
Requester description: 1822 JOANES.V1.D.G.PORT.BR.ET.ALG.R UTILITATI PUBLIC 40
Tags: portugal 40 reis joanes john v 1 port et alg utilitati public jean iohann juan iov juana joannes iohn johan ioha ioh joan iohannes ion johann ioannes joao iohan ioan ionan johannes publice publica publicae publiqve publico globe sphere crown spheres balls globes earth hemisphere orb ball crowned tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera coat shield arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon


I believe I have one of these coins. I would like someone to get I touch as I am not sure on the value it is in used condition and has a hole at the top from being used as a necklace. - Keelee
It is too bad, Keelee, that your coin has a hole. The coin is considered 'damaged' and has no collector value. It is worth just about zero. - CoinQuest (Paul)

i have the tall globe coin but with 1813 on it can u tell me more about it please it is a bit worn - maria
Hi Maria, what would you like to know? The ruler at the time was Prince Regent Joao (John), who later became the king of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves - this kingdom was formed in response to Napoleon's invasion of Portugal.

The coin is made of bronze, and has a denomination of 40 reis - which is the plural for 'real,' or the Portuguese unit of currency until the early 20th century.

- CoinQuest (Todd)




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