Papal States (1689-90) testone KM-522
This specimen was lot 32899 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $940. The catalog description noted, "Papal States. Alexander VIII Testone ND (1689-90) MS63 NGC. Valued at 30 Baiocchi. St. Bruno is depicted kneeling in clouds, reverse Papal arms. Lovely toning with a sharp strike. One of the finest available today of this type." The testone was thirty baiocchi, while the piastra, the Italian equivalent of the German thaler, was 105 baiocchi (3½ testone). This specimen is undated; the SCWC only lists specimens dated 1689 and 1690 but the photo shown therein is of an undated specimen.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 9.16 g, silver, .917 fine.
Catalog reference: Ber-2178, KM-522.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.