Malta 1723 4 tari

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Sincona sale 4, lot 5152
lot 5153
The first specimen was lot 5152 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$399 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MALTA Johanniterorden auf Rhodos und Malta Antonio Manuel de Vilhena, 1722-1736. 4 Tari 1723. Geharnischtes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Gekröntes Wappen. Sehr schön. (Order of Malta, Antonio Manuel de Vilhena, 1722-1736, four tari of 1723. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms, Very fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 5153 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$266 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MALTA Johanniterorden auf Rhodos und Malta Antonio Manuel de Vilhena, 1722-1736. 4 Tari 1723. Geharnischtes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Gekröntes Wappen. Fast sehr schön-sehr schön. (Order of Malta, Antonio Manuel de Vilhena, 1722-1736, four tari of 1723. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms, nice very fine.)"
We have included two specimens of this type, known for 1722-28, to show the substantial variation found therein.

Ferdinand von Hompesch was the last grand master of the knights of Malta before the Order was evicted from the island by Napoleon. The British in turn evicted the French but never returned the island to the Order, retaining it as a colony until 1964. The Order today runs charity hospitals in Europe and is headquartered in Rome. Thirty tari made a piastra or tallero.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, both specimens 4,49 g.

Catalog reference: R.S. 99 (lot 5152), R.S. 95 (lot 5153), KM 170.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.

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