Papal States 1643-GM piastra Dav-4060
Silver piastri are popular with collectors not only for their Catholic associations but also the extraordinarily vivid portraits of the various popes, including Urban VIII shown here. This type is listed for year XII (1634) and XX (1643). This specimen was lot 24225 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $900. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Papal States. Piastra, 1643-GM. Urban VIII (1623-44). NGC AU-53. A few minor planchet flaws on both sides but a strong strike and even gray toning. Attractive."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 31.99 g, .917 fine silver, the second specimen 31,84 g.
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- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
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- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.