Mantua 1706 scudo Dav-1377

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Heritage sale 3005, lot 21539
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21539 in Heritage sale 3005 (Long Beach, May 2009), where it sold for $488.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Mantua. Ferdinando Carlo Gonzaga Nevers Scudo 1706, VF35 NGC. Evenly worn with light gray toning. First and only machine struck crown of Mantua." It is one of a type struck 1703-07 for Ferdinando Carlo, last independent Duke of Mantua (r. 1665-1707). Upon his death, the duchy was annexed by the Austrians and ruled as part of the duchy of Milan. At the time, 6 denari = 1 sesino, 2 sesini = 1 soldo, 20 soldi = 1 lira, 12 lire = 1 tallero or scudo.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, 24.98-25.85 g; this specimen 25.45 g.

Catalog reference: Davenport 1377, KM 442.


  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3005: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.

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