Papal States (1513-21) ducat Fr-338

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from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Fr-338 rev Tom F.jpg
Sincona sale 46, lot 627, Ber-685
The Bologna mint began issuing gold for the popes during the reign of Urban VI (1378-89) and continued until Pius VI (1774-99). The lion on the obverse is a pun on the pope's name, Leo X. The second specimen was lot 627 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 1,000 CHF (about US$1,200 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN, Vatikan - Kirchenstaat, Leo X (Johannes von Medici), 1513-1521. Ducato o. J. Bologna. Selten. Sehr schön. Leicht berieben. (Papal States, Leo X (John of Medici), 1513-21, undated ducat, Bologna mint. Rare, Very fine, Slightly polished.)"
On the second specimen, note the arms of the Medici on the left and the city arms right.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold; the second specimen is 3.41 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-338, Ber-688, the second specimen is Ber-685.


  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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