This week's featured item is a 200 Reis piece from 18th century Portugal. The coin was minted under the rule of Jose I, who was king of Portugal from 1750 - 1777. He ascended to the throne at the age of 35, and quickly gave all power to Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, better known today as the Marquis of Pombal. It is said that the history of Joseph's reign is really that of Pombal himself.
The obverse of the coin shows crowned arms flanked by a vertical value and date, with the legend JOSEPHUS • I •. The reverse features a Maltese cross and quatrefoil in angles with the legend IN HOC SIGNO VINCES.
Mintage figures for the coin are unknown, and the value ranges from $10.00 in VG condition to $100.00 in XF.
KM# - 247.1
Denomination - 200 Reis (12 Vintens, 200 = 240 Reis)
Country - Portugal
Government - Kingdom
Ruler - Jose I
Coinage Type - Milled Coinage
Mint - Porto
Composition - Silver