Papal States 1691 grosso KM-533

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from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal States 1691 grosso rev Tom F.jpg
from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 618
This type was minted in 1691 as a sede vacante issue after the death of Alexander VIII. The SCWC lists three different grossi for 1691 but does not provide photos for any of them. The grosso was five baiocchi, while the piastra, the Italian equivalent of the German thaler, was 105 baiocchi (3½ testone). The second specimen was lot 618 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €320 (about US$405 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Siège vacant (1691), (Camerlengo Card. Paluzzo Paluzzi-Altieri), AR grosso, 1691, Rome. D/ Armoiries du cardinal camerlingue. R/ La colombe de l'Esprit Saint dans une nuée. Très Beau à Superbe. (Italy, Pontifical State, sede vacante, silver grosso of 1691, Rome mint. Obverse: arms of the camerlengo; reverse: the dove of the Holy Spirit soars above the clouds. Very fine to Extremely Fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.49 g, silver, .917 fine, the second specimen 1,53 g.

Catalog reference: Munt. 6; KM-533, Ber-2205.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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