Avignon 1667 luigino

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Jean Elsen sale 105, lot 758
Avignon 1667 1-12 ecu rev JElsen 105-758.jpg
Sincona sale 33, lot 2909
The first coin is a luigino issued for the papal enclave of Avignon, now part of France. It was lot 758 in Jean Elsen sale 105 (Brussels, June 2010), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted,
"FRANCE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Alexandre VII (1655-1667), (Fabio Chigi), AR luigino (douzième d'écu), 1667, Avignon. Au nom du Cardinal Légat Flavio Chigi. Droit: B. à droite. Revers: Ecu couronné. Rare. Très Beau." (France, Papal States, pope Alexander VII (1655-67), silver luigino of 1667, issued in the name of Flavio Cardinal Chigi. obverse: bust facing right; reverse: crowned shield. Rare, very fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 2909 in Sincona sale 33 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 550 CHF (about US$653 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"ITALIA | Vaticano - Stato Pontificio. Alessandro VII. 1655-1667 Luigino 1667. Avignon. Spl. Errore di tondello. (Papal States, Alexander VII, 1655-67, luigino of 1667, Avignon mint. Extremely fine, edge defect.)"
This type, issued 1666-67, was equal to a French twelfth écu and probably circulated in southern France as well as in Avignon itself. The arrogance of the cardinal who placed his own portrait on the coin instead of the pope or some martyred saint doubtless caused comment. This is the last issue for Avignon until some scarce twelfth écus of the 1690's (KM 105, 106, 107).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, the first specimen 2,33 g, the second specimen 2.24 g.

Catalog reference: Munt-43a; Berman-1957; Cammarano-20, KM 99.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • [2]Jürg Richter, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 33, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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