Papal States 1675 piastra Dav-4080
This specimen was lot 39287 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $329. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Papal States. Piastra, 1675. Clement X (1670-76). NGC AU Details--Mount Removed. Jubilee year issue depicting the Holy Door, made of bricks and opened with a silver hammer by the Pope every 25 years to celebrate the jubilee. Scant evidence of mount removal, confined to the edge of the coin at 12 o'clock and nicely concealed by the holder. Exceptional amounts of remaining detail, with no stains or other detriments. A very presentable example of this always in demand coin. Pedigree: From the Thomas P. Warfield Collection." This date is a one year type struck in honor of the Holy Year declared by the Pope for 1675. Several other piastras (KM 367, 368, 369 and 371) were issued that year. The piastra was the Italian equivalent of the German thaler.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 31.99 g, .917 fine silver.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.