Papal States 1702 testone

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 630
This specimen was lot 630 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €120 (about US$152 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Clément XI (1700-1721), (Gianfrancesco Albani), AR teston, 1702, an 2, Rome. D/ Ecu surmonté de la tiare et des clefs de saint Pierre. R/ IMPERAT AVT SERVIT Des sacs remplis de pièces de monnaie empilés sur une table. Beau à Très Beau. (Italy, Pontifical State, Clement XI (1700-21), silver testone of 1702, year 2, Rome mint. Obverse: arms, tiara and crossed keys above; reverse: sacks of coin on a table, motto around. Fine to very fine.)"
This type is also known for 1703. It is the only testone (out of fifteen types) struck in 1702.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a rare type.

Specification: 9.16 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 8,76 g.

Catalog reference: Munt. 67; Berman 2400, KM 662.

Source:

  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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