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Banco Central Do Brasil launches the Rio 2016 games commemorative coins

November 25, 2014 in Brazil Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: November 25th, 2014.

Banco Central do Brasil launched the first nine commemorative coins of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games numismatic programme: one gold, four silver and four circulation coins. The programme will comprise a total of 36 coins, which will be released by 2016. See the pictures of the coins.

The gold coin honors, in addition to Christ the Redeemer, the 100 meters, one of the sports that represent the Olympic motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (faster, higher, stronger).

The silver coins celebrate Rio de Janeiro: the obverse, with known landscapes where cariocas, the inhabitants of Rio, play sports such as rowing, running, cycling andbeach volleyball; the reverse, with aspects of the culture and nature of the city and Brazil. Franciscana Dolphin, Bromeliad, Arches of Lapa and Bossa Nova inaugurate the four thematic series: Fauna, Flora, Architecture and Music, respectively.

The Olympic and Paralympic sports are the highlight of the circulation coins. In the first release, Athletics and Swimming represent two of the sports in which Brazil won more medals in Olympic Games; Golf and Paratriathlon, the two that will become part of the 2016 Games. The R$1 coins will be put into circulation by the banking network. A part of it will be sold in special blister packs for collection.

After the release, the coins may be purchased in Brazil at the Banco do Brasil (BB) website  through a bank payment slip or, in the case of BB account holders, direct debit. The coins will also be on sale at the BB agencies listed below. There, payment will be only in cash.

All projects were developed by the Banco Central do Brasil and Casa da Moeda (the Brazilian mint) teams, with the technical support of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee.

In 2015, on a date to be announced, two sets – one with the first four silver coins and another with the four circulation coins – will be available.

The second release of the Olympic Programme will take place in the first half of 2015.

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Brazil Issues Numismatic Series for World Cup Soccer

February 2, 2014 in Brazil Coins, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Copper Coins, Gold Coins, News, Nickel Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Silver Coins

Brasilia, Jan 29 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian Central Bank unveiled a series of commemorative coins today to mark the 2014 World Cup, scheduled from June 12 to July 13.

The limited numismatic series consists of a gold coin, two silver and six of copper and nickel, which can be acquired by fans at the headquarters of the issuing bank in Brazil.

A gold piece of 16 mm in diameter, with nominal value of 10 reais (about four dollars) appears as the most exclusive, with 5,000 units to be sold at a price of 1,180 reais (491 dollars).

On the face of it is the championship trophy and the inscription “World Cup FIFA Brazil-2014.”

The reverse shows a soccer ball touching the net and the four stars of the Southern Cross constellation, the country�s national symbol.

In silver, coins 40 mm in diameter were minted, with a nominal value of five reais (two dollars) and maximum runs of 20,000 units, priced at 190 reais (79 dollars) apiece.

There are two 5 reais coins. One of them has on one side the mascot of the World Cup, Fuleco, and the reverse shows the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, venue for the final game; while the another shows a player who kicks the ball, himself seemingly in mid-air, and on the reverse a map of Brazil with the name of the twelve sites with monuments, cultural elements, animals or trees characteristic of each.

The cheapest copper-nickel coin consists of six coins of two reais (0.8 dollars) that will be sold at 30 reais (12.5 dollars), which represent different plays such as goalkeeper save, chest control, header, passing, dribbling and goal definition.


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Rare Coins Lure Emerging Market Buyers to N.Y. Convention

January 11, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Brazil Coins, Coin Shows, Coins, Conventions, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By Katya Kazakina  Jan 10, 2014 (

Never mind the Bitcoin craze. Gold and silver coins starring Russian czars, Chinese leaders and Roman emperors are igniting bidding wars as numismatic buffs compete with investors and wealthy collectors from emerging economies for the tiny relics.

Heritage Auctions set a record this week for a Brazilian coin sold at auction when a gold 1822 piece depicting the country’s first Emperor, Pedro I, fetched $499,375 in New York, said Cristiano Bierrenbach, the Dallas-based company’s head of world coins. Six of the 10 bidders were from Brazil. A 1711 Mexican Felipe V gold royal cob 8 escudos brought $293,750.

The sales were part of the 42nd annual New York International Numismatic Convention, the largest international gathering of dealers and auctioneers in the field of ancient and world coins. The event, running through Jan. 13 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, showcases an increasingly global market for the collectibles. In addition to a series of auctions, it includes 120 dealers hawking coins dating back to ancient Greece.

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Brazil 2014 World Cup Collector Coin Series To Be Issued

December 20, 2013 in Brazil Coins, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Cupro-Nickel Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

Dec. 19, 2013 By Michael Alexander (

he Banco Central do Brazil have announced that a series of gold, silver and cupro-nickel coins will be issued ahead of the FIFA World Cup which the country will be hosting. A total of nine different coins will be issued from the 24th January – comprising of one gold, two silver, and six cupro-nickel coins. The tournament, which is staged every four years, is scheduled to commence on the 12th June and will see 32 national football, or Soccer, teams battle over the next month for the championship. The “Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil 2014” will be staged in twelve cities around the country, with the host country kicking off the competition – playing against the national team from Croatia at the venue in Sao Paolo.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the second time that Brazil has hosted this international tournament, the first being in 1950.

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New York World Coin Auction realizes nearly $12 Million

January 12, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Auctions, Brazil Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Platinum Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

From Heritage Auctions (Collector news) (

Rare gold from around the world led the way as the Heritage Ancient & World Coin Signature Auction realized over $11.8 million overall January 6-7 in New York. All prices include a 17.5% Buyer’s Premium.

Taking top honors in this auction was a pattern gold Crown struck for Queen Victoria, graded Proof 64 Ultra Cameo, which sold for $235,000. This ultra-rare, undated piece was struck in 1887 in Nuremberg, Germany. The obverse was patterned after the famous William Wyon young head portrait of Victoria, while the reverse devices include the Order of the Garter crest supported by a crowned lion and a unicorn in chains. The designer of this piece is unverified, as the artist did not sign the dies for this piece.

Gold ingots from Brazil are extremely rare in private hands, and those with the original certificate, the Guia doubly so. A Brazilian ingot of Serro Frio, 1832, one of only 6-8 surviving ingots with Guia, sold for $188,000 in New York. This piece boasts a pedigree going back over 100 years and was likely one of the last such ingots struck, as research done by prominent Brazilian numismatist Kurt Prober lists a single 1833 example. The vast majority of Brazilian ingots reside in museums and institutions. Another Brazilian ingot, this one from Goias 1821, sold for $99,875.

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Brazil recalls tens of thousands of flawed 50 centavo coins

December 23, 2012 in Brazil Coins, Coins, World Coins

Published December 20, 2012, Associated press (

SAO PAULO –  Brazil’s Central Bank is recalling tens of thousands of 50 centavo (25 US cent) coins that were mistakenly embossed as 5 centavo pieces.

The bank says in a Thursday statement that a production flaw at the federal mint led to the circulation of 40,000 such coins.

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