Papal States 1704 piastra Dav-1432
The first specimen was lot 40644 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,292. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Papal States. Piastra, 1704. PCGS Genuine--Surface Tooled, EF Details Secure Holder. Clement XI (1700-21). Presentation of Jesus at the temple. Both sides show tooling." This date is a one year type struck in 1704. The piastra was the Italian equivalent of the German thaler.
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Specification: silver, .917 fine. The SCWC lists the weight as 13.21 g, which is manifestly wrong; 26.75 g seems more correct.
- 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.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.