Papal States (1717) 1/2 scudo d'oro Fr-189

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30796
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30796 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description[1] noted, "Papal States. Clemente XI gold 1/2 Scudo d'oro Year 17 (1716), Rome mint, MS63 NGC. A very attractive coin in amazing condition, depicting Clemente XI on the obverse and a half-length bust of St. Peter looking over his shoulder on the reverse. There are a few very minor deposits on the obverse that do not detract from the overall eye appeal of the piece." This denomination was the smallest gold coin issued by the pope during the seventeenth century. Called a mezzo scudo d'oro, it matches the gold half ducats in size and weight.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.75 g, .986 fine gold, .055 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-189, Berman-2367, KM 768.


  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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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