Papal States (1523-34) fiorino di camera Fr-60

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30176
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This specimen was lot 30176 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $3,290. The catalog description[1] noted, "Very Attractive Papal Issue Papal States. Clement VII gold Fiorino di Camera ND (1523-34), Rome mint, MS62 NGC. Rome Mint. Sharply rendered in the centers with frosty orange-gold luster in the fields. The reverse is particularly choice with no flaws. A small mark behind Saint Peter's head is the only observed post-strike disturbance. An attractive example of this iconic type that showcases Saint Peter casting his net from a boat. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." 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: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-60, Berman-830.


  • 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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