Papal States (1513-21) 2 fiorini di camera Fr-45

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30175
Papal States c1513 2 fiorino rev H3029-30175.jpg

This specimen was lot 30175 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $7,050. The catalog description[1] noted, "Rarely Offered Papal States. Leo X gold 2 Fiorini di Camera ND (1513-21), Rome mint, MS62 NGC. Rome Mint. A somewhat crudely produced issue with distinctly pebbly surfaces and a strike that, while nearly fully imparted, gives the devices an evenly rounded appearance. Closer inspection reveals only very minor instances of handling, with the matte-like texture blending nearly all instances of such into the coin's fabric. A considerable opportunity for the Italian specialist, as this rare 'doppio' scarcely appears on the market; the last example we have traced hammered at 4,600 Euros in 2002." We believe the fiorino (florin) to be the same denomination as 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: 7 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-45, Berman-630.

Source:

  • 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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