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11 Aug

An uncatalogued D. Manuel II silver "Half Vintém" (10 Réis)

Coins | Rodrigo de O. L.

This coin weighs only 0.6 gram, and was minted in the reign of D. Manuel I (1495-1521), around the same time that Brazil was discovered by the Portuguese. The denomination is Meio Vintém (Half Vintém), with "vintém" meaning "small twenty", so it's a 10 Réis coin.

What’s interesting in this coin is that its legend is a variation from a catalogued legend:
OBV/ +I:EMΛИVEL:R:P:ET:Λ:D:G
REV/ +IEMΛИVEL:R:P:ET:Λ:D:G

The reference that is closer to this coin is Alberto Gomes 18.01, +I:EM… in the reverse.

This coin was found in the city of Benfica do Ribaltejo, near the Tejo river. A very interesting coin, indeed.