Papal States (1741) zecchino Fr-378

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30185
Papal States 1741 zecchino rev H3029-30185.jpg

This specimen was lot 30185 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $7,637.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Rarely Offered Papal States. Benedetto (Benedict) XIV gold Zecchino Year 2 (1741), Bologna mint, XF45 NGC. An extremely rare type in very good condition. Only two examples have been sold publicly in the last decade. An inferior example was sold by Numismatica Ars Classica in 2008 (Auction 47, 3 June 2008, lot 88) for a 3500 euro hammer, and a slightly nicer piece sold in 2011 (also by Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 60, 7 June 2011, lot 5) for a 5500 euro hammer (the equivalent of about $8,000). Aside from a few tiny nicks on the obverse, this is a very attractive piece with just a little bit of normal circulation wear."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-378, Berman-2798.


  • 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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