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Angola (Africa Portuguesa) 1/4, 1/2, 1, and 2 Macuta  1762 to 1860
Angola (Africa Portuguesa) 1/4, 1/2, 1, and 2 Macuta 1762 to 1860

The Portuguese explorer Diogo Cao discovered Angola on the west coast of Africa in 1482. A Portuguese colony existed there until 1975. The globe design, common for the coins of Portugal, shows on small denomination coins known as macuta. There are other Angolan coins with the macuta denomination, but this page applies only to coins with the globe shape.

Various spellings of names of Portuguese rulers appear on the coins, as follows:

Joseph 1750-1777 (JOSEPHUS)
Joao 1799-1826 (JOANNES)
Maria 1834-1853 (MARIA II)
Pedro 1853-1861 (PETRUS)

These coins are generally hard to find, and collectors are willing to pay well for nice-looking specimens. Sometimes countermarks are punched into the coins. This, generally, does not add or detract from value.

JOSEPHUS 1/4, 1/2, 1 MACUTA
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $150
1/2 macuta dated 1762 are more rare, multiply these values by two
1 macuta dated 1762 are more rare, multiply these values by four
1 macuta dated 1783 are very rare, multiply these values by ten

JOANNES 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2 MACUTA
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $150
1/4 and 1/2 macuta dated 1815 are very rare, multiply these values by ten
1 macuta dated 1816 are more rare, multiply these values by three
2 macutas dated 1815 and 1816 are more rare, multiply these values by four

MARIA II 1 MACUTA
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $120
1 macuta dated 1848 are more rare, multiply these values by two

PETRUS 1/2, 1 MACUTA
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $80

Convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values using our Important Terminology page.

Coin: 15551 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Patrick Bramich, Thu, 26-Sep-2013 13:34:34 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 26-Sep-2013 15:42:14 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 19-Sep-2015 16:16:19 GMT
Requester description: 1763 Side 1: 'MACU' in the middle of coin with an indented shield. '1763' at top and 'AFRICA.PORTUGUEZA' around the edge Side 2: Globe/shield in middle with crown on top. 'JOSEPHUS.I.D.G.REX.P.ET.D.GUINE' around the edge
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