Papal States 1588 piastra Dav-8329

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from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Dav-8329 rev Tom F.jpg

Silver piastri are popular with collectors not only for their Catholic associations but also the extraordinarily vivid portraits of the various popes, including Sixtus V (1585-90) shown here. Davenport lists Dav-8328 thru Dav-8334 for 1588; despite this profusion, all are scarce to rare. On the reverse, St. Francis receives the stigmata from heaven.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 31.99 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-8329, Ber-1313.

Source:

  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.

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