Papal States 1673 giulio

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1850
This specimen was lot 1850 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €440 (about US$569 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KIRCHENSTAAT/VATIKAN Clemens X. 1670-1676. Giulio A IIII/1673, Rom. R Hübsche Patina, vorzüglich. (Papal States, Clement X, 1670-76, giulio of 1673, year IV, Rome mint. Scarce, toned, extremely fine.)"
This issue was issued 1673 only. A giulio was one third of a testone and one tenth a piastra. St. Venantius is one of the obscurer Catholic saints (see Wikipedia link: [1].)

Recorded mintage: unknown but the rarest of the seven giulii struck in this reign.

Specification: 3.19 g, silver, .917 fine.

Catalog reference: Ber-2024, Muntoni 36, KM-354.


  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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