Portuguese India 1650 1/2 Xerafim D. João IV



Half Xerafim. 5,58 grams.
John IV "John the Restorer".

Portuguese India.

Alberto Gomes 23.01 | KM 72
Condition: XF

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Year 1650
Face value 1/2 Xerafim
Metal Silver

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John IV, nicknamed "John the Restorer", was the King of Portugal and the Algarves from 1640 until his death in 1656. Son of D. Theodosius II, seventh Duke of Bragança and Duchess Ana de Velasco and Girón, noble of the Spanish court . He married D. Luísa Maria Francisca de Gusmão and Sandoval of whom he had 7 children, including Alfonso VI of Portugal and Pedro II of Portugal.

John IV was a great-grandson of King Manuel I of Portugal, through his paternal grandmother, Duchess Catherine, infanta of Portugal. He regained the independence of Portugal - which was previously dominated by the Habsburg House - that's why he is known by the nickname "the Restorer".

During the reign of King John IV were beaten in India, at that date a Portuguese colony, coins of various denominations. Among them:

4 Bazarucos (Copper)

Half Thong, Thong, Two Thongs (Silver)

Half Xerafim, Xerafim (Silver)

São Tome (Gold)