Papal States (1616) scudo d'oro Fr-104

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30795
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This specimen was lot 30795 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "Papal States. Paolo (Paul) V gold Scudo d'oro Year 12 (1616), Rome mint, AU58 NGC. Numerous small planchet flaws, but good detail on the devices. A scarce type that is finer than many other examples." This denomination was the most common gold coin issued by the pope during the seventeenth century. Called a scudo d'oro, it was about 4% lighter than the gold ducat in weight.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.39 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-104, Berman-1545, KM-48.


  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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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