Malta 1724 scudo

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from the Razorback Collection
Malta 1724 scudo rev Raz.jpg
the same specimen, Goldberg sale 85, lot 4002
Malta G85-4002r.jpg

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[1] 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.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM 180.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • [1]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.

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