Papal States (1740-42) 1/2 scudo d'oro Fr-233

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3540
from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Fr-233 rev Tom Fi.jpg
This scarce type is listed for 1740-42 and 1751 along with some undated specimens (shown here). The SCWC lists this issue as debased gold but this coin does not show the greenish toning one would expect. The first specimen was lot 3540 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY | Vatican - Church State, Benedikt XIV. 1740-1758 1/2 Scudo romano o. J. Rom Variante mit BENED auf der Vorderseite. 0.72 g. Berman 2737. Selten. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Papal States, Benedict XIV, 1740-58, undated half scudo romano, Rome mint, variety with BENED on the reverse. Rare, Very fine-extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.75 g, .555 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-233, KM 939, Ber-2735.


  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017

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