Avignon (1455-58) zecchino Fr-36a

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heritage sale 3037, lot 30234
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southeast France at the end of the Hundred Years War

This specimen was lot 30234 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description[1] noted, "Papal States. Calixtus III gold Zecchino (Florin of 24 Sols) ND (1455-58) VF Details (Removed from Jewelry) NGC, Avignon mint, A rare gold coin from the fleeting reign of Calixtus III, featuring an ox above crossed keys and the reverse motif of a tiara. Despite being removed from jewelry, this coin is struck on a full flan, with readable legends, and attractive, antiqued patina. Listed by both Friedberg and Berman as 'Rare,' this is an offering that is almost never seen in the marketplace and as such, worthy of a strong bid." This specimen was offered again in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, CA, September 2016) where it did not sell. This florin was minted in Avignon, in southern France, while the Popes (Calixtus III in this case) were in residence there while fleeing political turmoil in Rome. It is scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-36a (under France), Berman-355 (RRR), Muntoni-17.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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