Papal States (1655-67) testone

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1849
This specimen was lot 1849 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €800 (about US$1,034 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KIRCHENSTAAT/VATIKAN Alexander VII. 1655-1667. Testone o. J. Rom. Attraktives Exemplar, winz. Zainende, fast vorzüglich. (Papal States, Alexander VII, 1655-67, undated testone of the Rome mint. Attractive, hairlines, choice extremely fine.)"
This type was minted during the reign of Alexander VII (1655-67). It is rather expensive in the condition shown. The testone was thirty baiocchi, while the piastra, the Italian equivalent of the German thaler, was 105 baiocchi (3½ testone).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.59 g, silver, .917 fine.

Catalog reference: Muntoni 12, KM-278.1, Ber-1902.


  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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