Malta 1741 4 tari

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Jean Elsen sale 135, lot 1546
This specimen was lot 1546 in Jean Elsen sale 135 (Brussels, December 2017), where it sold for €280 (about US$388 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MALTE, Ordre de Saint-Jean, Emmanuel Pinto (1741-1773), AR 4 tari, 1741. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu couronné. presque Très Beau. (Order of Malta, Emanuel Pinto, 1741-73, silver four tari. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms. about Very Fine.)"
Ferdinand von Hompesch was the last grand master of the knights of Malta before the Order was evicted from the island by Napoleon. The British in turn evicted the French but never returned the island to the Order, retaining it as a colony until 1964. The Order today runs charity hospitals in Europe and is headquartered in Rome. This type is dated 1741 only.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 3,98 g.

Catalog reference: Schembri 160, 3, KM 220.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 135, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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