Papal States (1471-84) ducat Fr-25

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30786
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from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
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The first specimen was lot 30786 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,115. The catalog description[1] noted, "Papal States. Sixtus IV (1471-84) gold Ducat ND, Rome mint, AU58 NGC. Obv. • SIXTVSS • PP * ¦ * QVARTVS * •, papal arms in quadrilobe. Rev. • S • ¦ • PAVLVS • ¦ S • PETRVS •, SS. Peter and Paul standing, • ROMA • in exergue. Lightly toned with underlying luster on a slightly wavy flan. The edges are a little out of round but there are no other notable flan flaws. Sixtus IV sponsored the building of the Sistine Chapel and was responsible for numerous public works in and around Rome, including aqueducts and bridges. Sixtus also crafted the papal bull upon which the Spanish Inquisition was founded. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-25, Berman-447, Biaggi-2205.


  • 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, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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