Papal States (1534-49) 2 fiorini di camera Fr-62
This specimen was lot 30180 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $52,875. The catalog description noted, "Papal States Rarity in Wonderful Condition Papal States. Paolo (Paul) III gold 2 Fiorini di Camera ND (1534-49), Rome mint, MS61 NGC. Obverse with the bold portrait of Paolo III, and the reverse with Saint Peter fishing from a boat. Similar in condition to the following lot of the same type with a fully round flan that showcases an exemplary strike. The slight edge for the present however exists in the luster, with full radiance commanding the attention of the eye. A classic Italian issue with superb eye-appeal. 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: 7 g, .986 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-62, Berman-900, 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.
- 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.