Matelica 1797 quattrino

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from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal States 1797Mat quattrino rev Tom F.jpg

This type is listed for 1797 only and was struck in Matelica. It is undated but shows the regnal year (XXIII) on the obverse. The mint in Matelica was one of the temporary mints which sprung up after the French invasion. It produced this quattrino and half, 2½ and five baiocchi, all scarce. The early coinage of the Papal States used an antique monetary system. After 1830, five quattrini = one baiocco; 100 baiocchi = one scudo. In 1866, the currency was reformed to use centesimi and lire in order to match that of the surrounding kingdom of Italy. In 1870, the Papal States were occupied and annexed by the kingdom of Italy and coinage ceased until 1929.

Recorded mintage: unknown but quite scarce.

Specification: 3.1 g, copper.

Catalog reference: KM 1, Ber-3119.


  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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