500 Mil Réis Thesouro Nacional; 1st print

500 Mil Réis (Thesouro Nacional; 1st print) -  obverse500 Mil Réis (Thesouro Nacional; 1st print) -  reverse

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Country Brazil
Emperor Peter II (1831-1889)
Type Standard banknote
Year 1835
Value 500000 Réis (500000.000)
Currency Real (1799-1942)
Composition Paper
Size 220 × 135 mm
Shape Rectangular
Demonetized 1862
References P# A209,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248986.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. General issues, 1368-1960 (16th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247071.
  • George S. Cuhaj (editor); 2013. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Specialized Issues (12th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440238833.
AI Notes# R067
Cláudio Patrick Amato, Irlei Soares das Neves, Julio Ernesto Schütz; 2019. Cédulas do Brasil 1833 até 2019 (8th edition). Art Graph, Sao Paulo, Brasil. ISBN 9788562882302.


Black on white, in calcography.
On the left, Weapons of the Empire.
In the center, view of the Baia da Guanabara, Rio de Janeiro, in the first half of the 19th century.
On the right, reference to the decree of June 1, 1833.

Nº ____ 500$000
ao portador desta a quantia de
QUINHENTOS MIL RÉIS, valor recebido.
de 1º de Junho
de 1833.

500 Five Hundred
Empire of Brazil
No. ____ 500$000
At the National Treasury you will pay bearer of this the amount of Five Hundred Thousand Réis, amount received.
Decree of June 1, 1833.
500 Five Hundred

Engraver: Jacob Perkins


Blank, without printing.


Specimen (what is?)
Specimen note sample

Themes of this banknote
(1) Print of Rio de Janeiro seen from Ilha das Cobras, supposedly based on an image from the similar period, namely, "Baia de Guanabara vista da Ilha das Cobras" (Guanabara Bay seen from Cobras Island) by Felix Émile Taunay (1795-1881), from around 1828.

(2) Coat of Arms of the Empire of Brazil (left) and Reference to the Decree of June 1, 1833 (right).

Without print and numbered by hand.

Example of banknote (200$000) with two cuts (left and right).
In July 1836, banknotes of 50, 100, 200 and 500 mil-réis were stolen. As the Law stipulated, the Treasury had to replace them with new types, a fact that did not happen, due to the fact that they had not been prepared. Thus, it was decided to cut the right margin (opposite to the one attached to the bead) for later comparison, as was done with the other margin. After the theft of the Treasury, the service of issuing and collecting banknotes began to be carried out by Caixa de Amortização (Amortization Fund).

Example of a security sticker whose cut must coincide with the corresponding cut on the bead from which it was detached.

To know more... Second Empire of Brazil and Réis (Rs).


Decree of June 1, 1833

Perkins, Bacon & Petch

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Date No. printed VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (1835)  41,149 P# A209.1; One handwritten signature
ND (1835)  P# A209.2; One handwritten signature; With two cuts

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