Malta (1680-90) zecchino Fr-13

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3614
This specimen was lot 3614 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 22,000 CHF (about US$26,253 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MALTA, Gregorio Carafa, 1680-1690 Zecchino o. J. Valetta. Von grösster Seltenheit. Sehr schön. Henkelspur. (Order of Malta, Gregorio Carafa, 1680-90, undated zecchino, Valetta mint. Of the highest rarity, Very fine, Mount mark.)"
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 3.45 g.

Catalog reference: KM 20, Restelli/Sammut 1. Fr-13.


  • 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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