Mantua 1706 scudo Dav-1377
This specimen was lot 21539 in Heritage sale 3005 (Long Beach, May 2009), where it sold for $488.75. The catalog description 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.
- Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3005: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.