Ascoli (1798-99) 2 baiocchi

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 669
This specimen was lot 669 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €245 (about US$310 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, République romaine (1798-1799), cu 2 baiocchi, s.d., Ascoli. Très Beau. (Italy, Pontifical State, Roman Republic (1798-99), copper two baiocchi, undated, Ascoli mint, very fine.)"
The Roman Republic was formed to welcome the advancing French armies in 1798 and the pope fled to Venice and Austrian protection. When Napoleon left Italy for Paris, the puppet republics all collapsed and the pope returned to Rome, to rule until 1808. This local emergency issue is quite scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper or brass.

Catalog reference: Munt. 29; KM 8.1, Berman 3169.


  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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