Papal States (1484-92) fiorino di camera Fr-402

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30172
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This specimen was lot 30172 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $9,400. The catalog description[1] noted, "From the Short-Lived Macerata Mint Papal States. Innocent VIII gold Fiorino di Camera ND (1484-92), Macerata mint, MS63 NGC. o INNOCEN | TIVS o PP o VIII o, Papal arms in quadrilobe / o SANCTVS o PETRVS o MACERATA o, St. Peter fishing from a boat. A particularly choice example, even at the assigned grade level,. Bright luster provides considerable flash to the surfaces, and an intricately defined strike is perfectly centered on the flan. A 90 degree counter-clockwise rotation is noted on the reverse. An extremely rare issue from this short-lived mint with the last traceable sale occurring in 10/1999, and the most comparable sale in terms of condition, a specimen termed FDC, occurring on 10/1990 for 6,000 Swiss Francs." The fiorino (florin) was about 3% lighter than the ducat or zecchino. Friedberg records the first fiorino from 1475 and the last from the reign of Paul III (1534-49).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.39 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-402, Ber-512.


  • 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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