Papal States (1534-49) testone Ber-907

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Künker sale 293, lot 2017
This specimen was lot 2017 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €1,600 (about US$2,157 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN, KIRCHENSTAAT/VATIKAN, Paul III. 1534-1549. Testone AN XII (1545/1546), Rom. Von größter Seltenheit. Attraktives, sehr schönes Exemplar mit feiner Tönung. (Papal States, Paul III, 1534-49, testone of the year 12, Rome mint. Very rare, attractive, very fine example with fine toning.)"
This is the largest silver coin issued during Paul's reign and is rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 31.99 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Muntoni 35, Ber-907.

Source:

  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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