Papal States (1523-34) 2 fiorini di camera Fr-59
This specimen was lot 30177 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $8,225. The catalog description noted, "Possibly the Finest Extant Example Papal States. Clemente VII gold 2 Fiorini di Camera ND (1523-34), Rome mint, MS64 NGC. This early Papal gold piece is in truly amazing condition. The surfaces are free of noticeable flaws, and the luster is full and brilliant. The obverse displays the Papal arms, while the reverse shows St. Peter, in a boat, fishing. Of the few pieces that appear for sale, none approach the Choice Mint State status of this exceptional example. We doubt if one might ever find its equal." 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-59, Ber-829, Muntoni-13/14.
- 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.
- 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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