For your consideration, we have a set of 1898 Portugal Silver Coins. These sterling silver coins come in fitted a red case.
- Set of 3 sterling silver reis coins ca. 1898.
- 200, 500 and 1000 reis with profiles of King Carlos I and Queen Amelia Rainha.
- Coins weigh 4g, 12g, and 24g.
- Coin conditions are good, some general wear, 1000 reis has a dent in the edge, others may have some dents/dings as well, 500 reis faces are a bit worn down.
- X-ray tested 925 sterling silver.
- Unsure if these were ever circulated, although given they show signs of general wear it seems likely.
The first Portuguese Silver Reis (singular: real- which means royal), was introduced in 1380 by Ferdinand I. It was the unit of currency of Portugal from 1430 until 1911, replacing the dinheiro. The Portuguese silver reis coin had different denominations; 50 reis, 100 reis, 200 reis, 500 reis and 1000 reis. It was later replaced by the escudo as a result of the Republican revolution that took place in 1910. Coinage of the silver reis ceased after introduction of the euro.
The reverse of the Portugal Silver Reis coin has the face value of the coin centrally inscribed, “200” with “REIS” just below the face value. A crown is directly above the face value and contains a cross, the Order of Christ cross, at the top. The Order of Christ was a Portuguese variant of the Crusader Knights Templar. Two wreaths, which are crossing each other, also tied at the base. Hence, one wreath is from the left while the other is from the right side.