Guastalla 1620 tallero Dav-3914
This specimen was lot 41132 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $6,300. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Guastalla. Tallero, 1620. Ferrante II Gonzaga (1575-1630). NGC AU-55. A highly collectible crown-sized issue of Italy that is RARE in absolute terms and very rare in U.S. auctions. As nice as we've seen, this example displays a bold strike with smooth, attractively toned fields and limited signs of past handling on either side. For the specialist, its finest graded status at NGC and PCGS should be no surprise. Ferrante II Gonzaga was count of Guastalla (later duke) and head of the junior branch of the Gonzagas, whose senior head was duke of Mantua. His attempts to seize Mantua after the death of the duke there in 1627 set off the War of the Mantuan Succession between France and Austria, both already contestants in the Thirty Years War. From the Collection of Dr. James Eustace Bizzell, II." Another tallero of 1620 (Dav-3913) shows the chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece around the arms on the reverse.
Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.
Specification: silver, 26.5-28.6 g, 40 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Dav-3914; KM-48.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.