Papal States 1677-II testone

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Ponterio sale 177, lot 35024
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 35024 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $588. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Papal States. Testone, 1677. Rome Mint. Innocent XI (1676-89). Light chasing in fields on reverse. Toned. From the Demarete Collection." Coinage of the Papal States remains popular today for, besides the strong associations for Catholics, this period saw a string of commemorative issues featuring wonderfully vivid portraits of the various men who occupied the throne of St. Peter. This issue was issued 1677 only. A testone was nominally half a piastra but seems to be worth only a third.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.59 g, silver, .916 fine.

Catalog reference: Berman-2100. KM 397.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.

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