Papal States (1522-23) fiorino di camera Fr-51

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from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
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This type is a fiorino di camera struck at Rome for pope Hadrian IV (1522-23). The fiorino (florin) was 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). This specimen was lot 31216 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $14,687.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Papal States. Hadrian VI (1522-23) gold Fiorino di Camera ND MS61 NGC, Rome mint, o ADRIANVS o | VI o PON o MAX o, arms surmounted by crossed keys and Papal tiara / + S o PETRVS o ALMA o ROMA, St. Peter fishing from a boat. A remarkable example of this issue, highly detailed and lustrous with few notable surface marks, superb for a Fiorino of this period but also very rare. Hadrian sat on the Papal throne for less than than two years, from January of 1522 through September of 1523. Examples of his coinage tend to appear at auction perhaps two or three times in a decade and an opportunity for such a Choice example is certain to elicit strong interest amongst collectors of Papal rarities."

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce, verging on rare.

Specification: 3.39 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-51, Berman-797, Muntoni-2.


  • 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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