Papal States 1572 quattrino

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 571
This specimen was lot 571 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €260 (about US$329 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Siège vacant (1572), (Camerlengo Card. Luigi Corner), AR quattrino, 1572. D/ Armoiries du cardinal camerlingue. R/ Saint Pierre à mi-corps de f., ten. une Bible fermée. Très rare. Beau à Très Beau. (Italy, Pontifical State, sede vacante, silver quattrino of 1572. Obverse: arms of the camerlengo; reverse: half-length bust of St. Peter bearing a closed Bible. Very rare, fine to very fine.)"
The Jean Elsen catalog calls this piece silver; Berman notes it as billon, a more likely composition for this lowest of papal denominations which was later struck in copper. This and a quattrino from Fano are the only issues of this sede vacante.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: billon[2], this specimen 0,50 g.

Catalog reference: Munt. 4. Berman 1133.


  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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