Malta 1796 2 scudi Dav-1610
This specimen was lot 22663 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $176.25. The catalog description noted, "MALTA. 2 Scudi, 1796. Emmanuel de Rohan (1775-97). NGC EF-40. Some adjustment marks on either side. Lightly toned." 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. This type is dated 1796 and was the last of the denomination. It was worth 24 tari. Thirty tari made a piastra or tallero.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Dav-1610; KM-343.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.