Malta 1724 4 tari
This specimen was lot 24299 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $780. The catalog description noted, "MALTA. 4 Tari, 1724. Antonio Manoel de Vilhena (1722-36). PCGS AU-58 Secure Holder. Sharply struck with attractive toning and underlying luster. Quite good eye appeal. Ex: World-Wide Coins of California Auction May 2014, lot# 154." This type, known for 1722-28, shows substantial variation.
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.
Catalog reference: KM-170; Schembri-9, Pl.6, Fig. 8.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.