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1887 Azores Countermarked Coins

Category:  World Coins
Owner:  Scott A
Last Modified:  6/13/2021
Set Description
Denomination Set of 1887 Azores countermarked coins.

Set Goals
I am attempting to put together a denomination set of the 1887 Azores countermarked coins.

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View Coin Azores 120 Reis (1887) Luis I, Crowned G.P. countermark on Spanish 1794-S 1 Real Of Charles IIII AZORES Silver 120R (1887) "GP" C/S ON SPANISH REAL KM 24.1 1794S CN C/S: XF STANDARD NGC VF 35 Azores 120 Reis (1887) Luis I, Crowned G.P. countermark on Spanish 1794-S CN (Sevilla Mint) 1 Real Of Charles IIII
NGC VF35, C/S XF Standard
KM 24.1
Some notable die clashing on obverse.
These smaller denominations seem tougher to find than the larger ones.
View Coin Azores 300 Réis (1887) Luis I, Crowned G.P. countermark on 1800 R Brazil 320 Réis of Jose I AZORES Silver 300R (1887) "GP" C/S ON BRAZIL 320R NGC XF 40 Azores 300 Reis (1887) Luis I, Crowned G.P. countermark on 1800 R Brazil 320 Reis of Jose I
NGC XF40 with strong uncirculated countermark.

It seems that all of these (1887) countermarked coins are scare to extremely rare.

Decree of March 31, 1887

The second decree ordained that all foreign silver and copper coinage circulating in the Azores was to be countermarked with a crowned G.P. (Govern now Portuguese) within a circle. These were eventually to be replaced or exchanged by the current Portuguese coinage upon their entry into the public treasury. This countermark for general use is found on a variety of Portuguese, Brazilian, and foreign issues.

This countermark has been heavily counterfeited and should be approached with caution.
View Coin Azores 300 Reis (1887) Luis I, Crowned G.P. countermark on 1751 Brazil 320 Reis of Jose I AZORES Silver 300R (1887) "GP" C/S ON BRAZIL 320R Gomes-24.12 1751R C/S: AU STANDARD NGC VF 30 Azores 300 Reis (1887) Luis I, Crowned G.P. countermark on 1751 Brazil 320 Reis of Jose I

KM-not listed; Gomes-24.12. Crowned G.P. countermark within incuse circle. Issued by decree o 31 March 1887. On 1751 Brazil 320 Reis of Jose I. The host coin is charmingly toned with moderate, even wear. The countermark is fairly well centered on the obverse and reasonably well punched.

Only two graded by NGC, both VF30.
Also a handful of others punched on various other coins.

PCGS has one coin graded countermarked on a British florin in XF45, and another countermarked on a Portuguese 1763 200 Reis graded VF25.

It seems that all of these (1887) countermarked coins are scare to extremely rare.

Decree of March 31, 1887

The second decree ordained that all foreign silver and copper coinage circulating in the Azores was to be countermarked with a crowned G.P. (Govern now Portuguese) within a circle. These were eventually to be replaced or exchanged by the current Portuguese coinage upon their entry into the public treasury. This countermark for general use is found on a variety of Portuguese, Brazilian, and foreign issues.

This countermark has been heavily counterfeited and should be approached with caution.
View Coin Azores 600 Réis (1887) Luis I, Crowned G.P. countermark on 1812 Portugual 400 Réis AZORES Silver 600R (1887) "GP" C/S ON PORTUGAL 400R KM 26.2 1812 C/S: AU WEAK NGC XF 45 Azores 600 Réis (1887) Luis I, Crowned G.P. countermark on 1812 Portugual 400 Réis , Weak Countermark.
NGC XF45, Countermark, Almost Uncirculated/weak. (But fully formed)
KM 26.2

It seems that all of these (1887) countermarked coins are scare to extremely rare.

Decree of March 31, 1887

The second decree ordained that all foreign silver and copper coinage circulating in the Azores was to be countermarked with a crowned G.P. (Govern now Portuguese) within a circle. These were eventually to be replaced or exchanged by the current Portuguese coinage upon their entry into the public treasury. This countermark for general use is found on a variety of Portuguese, Brazilian, and foreign issues.

This countermark has been heavily counterfeited and should be approached with caution.
View Coin Azores 1200 Réis (1887) Luis I, Crowned G.P. countermark on 1815 R Brazil 960 Réis of Jose I AZORES Silver 1200R (1887) "GP" C/S ON BRAZIL 960R KM 29.2 NGC XF 45 Azores 1200 Réis (1887) Luis I, Crowned G.P. countermark on 1815 R Brazil 960 Réis of Jose I
NGC XF45 with standard almost uncirculated countermark.

This host coin appears to be struck over another 1813 dated coin. which can be seen around 10:00 - 11:00 on the obverse.
NGC did not notice this, and there for document this in any way. But it is clear that there is an under-type of some kind.

It seems that all of these (1887) countermarked coins are scare to extremely rare.

Decree of March 31, 1887

The second decree ordained that all foreign silver and copper coinage circulating in the Azores was to be countermarked with a crowned G.P. (Govern now Portuguese) within a circle. These were eventually to be replaced or exchanged by the current Portuguese coinage upon their entry into the public treasury. This countermark for general use is found on a variety of Portuguese, Brazilian, and foreign issues.

This countermark has been heavily counterfeited and should be approached with caution.
View Coin Azores, Countermarked 1200 Reis ND (1887) on Belgian Congo 1887 5 Francs of KM 8.1 AZORES Silver 1200R (1887) "GP" C/S ON BEL. CONGO 5F Unlisted 1887 C/S: UNC STANDARD Annechino Collection NGC MS 62 Azores, Countermarked 1200 Reis ND (1887) on Belgian Congo (Congo Free State) 1887 5 Francs of KM 8.1 from Leopold II (Silver, 25.05 gr, 37 mm) Head left LEOPOLD II R D BELGES SOUV DE L'ETAT INDEP DU CONGO Rev. Crowned arms with supporters within wreath. The edge is inscribed * TRAVAIL * * ET * * PROGRES *. KM (unlisted). Uncirculated.
Dupriez 10, Gomes# L1 31.xx
Now NGC MS62

An unlisted type, featuring the crowned "GP" counterstamp on a Belgian Congo, 5 Francs 1887 from Leopold II. Per the March 31, 1887 decree regarding countermark coinage circulating throughout the Azores, all foreign coins were to be stamped with the crowned "GP" (Governo Protugues) countermark within a circle. Typically these stamps are found on host coins from Portugal or Brazil, and while there are a few other noted examples from additional host countries, it appears that this may be only the second available issue struck upon a Congo Free State coin. An extremely rare and attractive example.

ex. iBelgica Maison de Vente SNC; 25, Apr 2018 - Lot 145
Rue des Soeurs Grises 11/6
B-7000 Mons Belgium
Description: Azores, Countermarked 1200 Reis ND (1887) on 5 Francs 1887 from Leopold II (Silver, 25.05 gr, 37 mm) Head left LEOPOLD II R D BELGES SOUV DE L'ETAT INDEP DU CONGO Rev. Crowned arms with supporters within wreath. The edge is inscribed * TRAVAIL * * ET * * PROGRES *. KM (unlisted). Uncirculated.

An unlisted type, featuring the crowned "GP" counterstamp on a Belgian Congo, 5 Francs 1887 from Leopold II. Per the March 31, 1887 decree regarding countermark coinage circulating throughout the Azores, all foreign coins were to be stamped with the crowned "GP" (Governo Portugues) countermark within a circle. Typically these stamps are found on host coins from Portugal or Brazil, and while there are a few other noted examples from additional host countries. Rare and attractive example.

ex. Numismática Leilões Auction 23; 10, Oct 2017 - Lot 774
Rua D. Luíz de Noronha nº 26 – 6º Esq
1050–072 Lisboa Portugal
Description: (25.0000 g., 0.9000 Silver 0.7234 oz. ASW - 37mm)
~ Azores: Counter-stamped (Portugal - decree of March 31, 1887) ~

This is only the second example known, the other being graded NGC MS63 and sold in a Heritage auction (Jan 2017) and thought to be unique, but obviously not. The countermark looks like an earring on Leopold II, and the strike on the countermark is somewhat stronger and fuller formed on this example than the Heritage example.

Unlisted in "Moedas Portuguesas e do território que hoje é Portugal" by Alberto Gomes/"Portuguese Coins and the Territory that Today is Portugal", by Alberto Gomes

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