Papal States 1680 piastra Dav-4090

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 3559
from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Dav-4090 rev Tom F.jpg
another specimen, from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Dav-4090 rev Tom Fi.jpg
The first specimen was lot 3559 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"VATIKAN / KIRCHENSTAAT Innocenzo XI. 1676-1689. Piastra 1680, Rom. Fast sehr schön. (Papal States, Innocent XI, 1676-89, piastra of 1680, Rome mint. Good very fine.)"
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 1680-81 and is reasonably available. The piastra was the Italian equivalent of the German thaler.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, the first specimen 30.91 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-4090; KM-421.1; Berman-2086.


  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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