Malta 1724 scudo
Antonio Manoel de Vilhena was the grand master of the knights of Malta 1722-36. In 1798, 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. A scudo was twelve tari. This type is recorded for 1723-24 and is rare. This specimen was lot 4002 in Goldberg sale 85 (Los Angeles, June 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Malta. Scudo (12 Tari), 1724. Antonio Manoel de Vilhena. Armored bust right. Reverse: Crowned crest. Toned. Rare. ANACS graded EF-40."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM 180.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 85: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.