Milan 1701 1/8 filippo
This specimen was lot 34245 in Heritage sale 3076 (Long Beach, CA, September 2019), where it sold for $408. The catalog description noted, "Italy: Milan. Philip V of Spain 1/8 Filippo 1701 AU58 NGC. The only confirmed date for the type from Philip's reign, and a great conditional rarity at that, the majority of surviving pieces seldom found outside of VF grades. Die polish and even remnants of the engraver's guide appear clearly on the reverse. From the Allen Moretti Swiss Collection." This scarce type was struck 1701-02. It was accompanied by KM 104 (quarter filippo), KM 107 (half filippo) and KM 110 (filippo). The duchy of Milan was under Spanish administration from the time of Charles I (1516-56) to the death of Charles II in 1700. Philip V, grandson of Louis XIV, became king of Spain but under the terms of the treaty of Utrecht of 1713, was forced to cede Milan to the Austrians, who ruled it until the coming of Napoleon.
Recorded mintage: unknown; the 1702 is reported, not confirmed.
Specification: 3.32-3.44 g, silver, 26 mm diameter, this specimen 3.48 g.
Catalog reference: KM 102, MIR-396 (RR).
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3076, featuring the Allen Moretti Swiss Collection and the James Mossman Collection of Canadian Coinage, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.