Musso (1528-30) quattrino
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"ITALY | Musso, Gian Giacomo de Medici, 1528-1530. Quattrino o. J. Mosso. IO IA DE MEDICIS M MVSSI, Büste nach links. Rv. Liegender Lario, dahinter Schiff. Äusserst selten. Sehr schön. Überdurchschnittliche Erhaltung. (Italy, lordship of Musso, Gian Giacomo de Medici, 1528-30, undated quattrino, Mosso mint. Obverse: bust left; reverse: Lario lies, ship behind. Extremely rare, Very fine, Extraordinary condition.)"The second specimen was lot 1643 in Sincona sale 59 (Zurich, October 2019), where it sold for 850 CHF (about US$1,030 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted,
"ITALY | Musso, Gian Giacomo de Medici, 1528-1530. Quattrino o. J. Mosso. IO IA DE MEDICIS Büste nach links. Rv. MAR MVSSI COM LEVCI Lilienkreuz. Sehr selten. Sehr schön. (Italy, lordship of Musso, Gian Giacomo de Medici, 1528-30, undated quattrino, Mosso mint. Obverse: bust left; reverse: floriate cross. Very rare, Very fine.)"The county of Musso, on the east bank of Lago Como, lies in the duchy of Milan. The count Gian Giacomo, brother of pope Pius IV, set himself up there as a robber baron in the 1520's before being defeated and deposed by his neighbors. He managed to issue a few coins during his ascendancy, including some gold. All are rare today. This quattrino was four denari.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: copper, the first specimen 0.92 g, the second specimen 0.83 g.
Catalog reference: the first specimen MIR 790, the second specimen MIR 791.
- Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 59: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.