Malta (1601-22) zecchino Fr-10

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3613
This specimen was lot 3613 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 2,600 CHF (about US$3,103 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MALTA, Alof de Wignacourt, 1601-1622 Zecchino o. J. Valetta. Selten. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Leichte Prägeschwächen. (Order of Malta, Alof de Wignacourt, 1601-1622, undated zecchino, Valetta mint. Rare, Very fine-extremely fine, Slightly weakly struck.)"
Malta, an island between Italy and Tunisia was ruled by the Knights of St. John from the 1500's to their ouster by Napoleon in 1798. After Napoleon's fall, the British occupied the island as a base until the 1960's, when Malta became an independent republic. The Knights of St. John, now the Order of Malta, still exist but are based in Rome where they run a hospital. The Maltese used currency derived from their neighbors the Sicilians; 20 grani = one tari, 12 tari = one scudo.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.49 g.

Catalog reference: KM 16, Restelli/Sammut 6. Fr-10.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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