Papal States 1588 piastra Dav-8329
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.
- Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.