Malta 1779 5 scudi Fr-45

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Sincona sale 26, lot 3494
This specimen was lot 3494 in Sincona sale 26 (Zurich, October 2015), where it sold for 3,200 CHF (about US$3,953 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Emanuel de Rohan, 1775-1797 5 Scudi 1779. Geharnischtes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Zwei Wappen nebeneinander unter Krone. Sehr seltene Erhaltung. Erstabschlag. FDC. Minimalste Justierspuren auf dem Wappen; sonst Kabinettstück. (Order of Malta, Emanuel de Rohan, 1775-97, five scudi of 1779. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: two shields, crown above. Very rare type, early strike, uncirculated, minor adjustment marks, cabinet toning.)"
This type was issued 1779 only. 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: 4 g, .840 fine gold, .108 troy oz AGW, this specimen 4.15 g.

Catalog reference: KM 318, R.S. 13. Fr-45.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 26, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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