Papal States (1638) testone KM-193

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 591
This specimen was lot 591 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €180 (about US$228 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Urbain VIII (1623-1644), (Maffeo Barberini), AR teston, an 14, Rome. D/ B. à d. R/ VIVIT DEVS L'archange Michel terrassant le démon de sa lance. Rare. Beau à Très Beau. (Italy, Pontifical State, Urban VIII (1623-44), silver teston, year 14, Rome mint. Obverse: bust to right; reverse: St. Michael pierces a demon with his lance. Rare, fine to very fine.)"
This type is also listed for 1643-44 and undated. It is along the scarcer of the seventeen testone issued during Urban's rule.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 9.59 g, .916 fine silver, this specimen 9,11 g.

Catalog reference: Munt. 81, KM 176. Berman 1729.


  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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