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Offline Kevin Dsouza

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Portuguese India Reis
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Offline ChrisHagen

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Re: Portuguese India Reis
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 12:45:36 AM »
I do not see a picture.

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Re: Portuguese India Reis
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2013, 03:30:36 AM »
Do you see it now?
"It Is Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness"

Offline ChrisHagen

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Re: Portuguese India Reis
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2013, 05:15:56 AM »
Yep, cheers!

What an odd bunch of coins! They are quite nice, and the denominations very unorthodox. 4½ reis, what a number!

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Re: Portuguese India Reis
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013, 06:23:34 PM »
Thanks ASM for getting the Pic Viewable  !!  :)

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Re: Portuguese India Reis
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2013, 06:28:23 PM »
You didn't ask for an id, but I'll give it anyway ;) All catalogue numbers are Gomes D. Maria II
  • 01 (no date) or 02 (dated) 3 réis 1845-1848 1.5-2 grams 14 mm
  • 03 (no date) or 04 (dated) 4-1/2 réis 1845-1848 2.5-2.8 grams 16 mm
  • 05 (no date) or 06 (dated) 6 réis 1845-1848 3.7-4.0 grams 18 mm
  • 07 (no date) or 08 (dated) 7-1/2 réis 1845-1849 4.5-5.0 grams 19 mm
  • 09 10 réis 1845 6.3 grams 20 mm

The 4-1/2 and 7-1/2 réis 1847 may have an eighth tower in the arms. The denomination réis is the Portuguese equivalent of reales in Spanish. Since there are 60 réis in a tanga and 10 tanga in a rupee, the coins are probably fractions of a tanga, i.e 1/20th, 1.5/20th, 2/20th, 1/8th and 1/6th tanga. Some denominations were better known by their nicknames: daguini (3 reis) and januadini (6 reis)

Peter
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Offline ChrisHagen

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Re: Portuguese India Reis
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2013, 06:46:13 PM »
Thanks a lot for the insight about how the strange denominations came about. Fractions of a tanga make a lot of sense compared to the decimal system I thought I was looking at.