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setembro 25, 2013

Any idea how long it takes to manufacture a Brazilian Real coin?

Coins are a veritable symbol of a nation, just like their flags, anthems and coats of arms. In Brazil, founded in 1694 by Dom Pedro II of Portugal, Casa da Moeda is responsible for this national symbol that has carried many different names in the past (Réis, Cruzeiros, Cruzeiros Novos, Cruzados, etc.) until finally settling on the Real.

On average, each Real coin takes 12 hours from start to finish, leaving the industrial complex located in the western region of Rio de Janeiro and then placed in circulation by the Central Bank of Brazil. Stainless and low-carbon steels are used in the manufacture of pieces, for everything from the 5 centavos coin to the 1 Real.

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The most complex piece, as one may imagine, is the 1 Real coin, which requires a machine to bind the outer ring, coated in bronze, to the central disc, made from stainless steel.

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The 1 and 5 centavos coins have a reddish hue due to a copper plating process. The 10 and 25 centavos coins are a golden color due to their bronze finish. The 50 centavos coin does not undergo any plating process, maintaining the silver hue of its material, stainless steel.

Those abroad looking upon this symbol of Brazil, whether a numismatist or not, will also note a little of Traduzca’s work for Casa da Moeda, involving technical and sworn translations of documents into English, French, Spanish and German.

 

 

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