Portuguese India 1788 Rupia - Widow Veil - Maria I



1 Rupia. 10,78 grams.
Maria I "the Pious".

Goa. Portuguese India.

Alberto Gomes 35.03 | KM.201
Condition: almost XF (see image)

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Year 1788
Face value 1 Rúpia
Metal Ag .917
Weight 10,78 g

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Maria I, nicknamed "the Pious" and "the Mad", was Queen of Portugal and the Algarves from 1777 until 1815, and also Queen of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves from the end of 1815 until her death in 1816. Daughter of Joseph I and Mariana Vitória of Spain, Maria married her uncle Peter III with whom she had 6 children.

From their 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls, only 3 survived childhood. All the others died early reaching only 3 weeks, 1 and 24 months after birth. Even so, from their 3 "surviving" children Joseph, Prince of Brazill and Infanta Maria Ana Vitória died at the age of 17 and 19. Only her son John, who would later become King John VI of Portugal, lived and became heir to the throne of Portugal.

Due to her mental illness, from 1792 until her death, her son John VI of Portugal  acted as regent of the kingdom in her name.