Papal States (1447-55) ducat Fr-6

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 24582
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from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
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The first specimen was lot 24582 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,589.70. The catalog description[1] noted, "Papal States. Nicholas V (1447-55) gold Ducat ND, Rome mint, MS62 PCGS. • + • NICOLAVS • | • PP • QVIИTVS •, Papal arms in quadrilobe / • + • S • PETRVS • | • ALMA • ROMA •, St. Peter standing holding a key and the gospels within a quadrilobe. Despite weakness in the legends and a slightly off-center strike, the central details of this lightly-toned example are very sharp, particularly the portrait of St. Peter." This is the second and more common ducat of Nicholas V (1447-55).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-6, Berman-326, Muntoni-4.


  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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