Papal States 1704 piastra Dav-1432

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40644
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Dav-1432 rev Tom F.jpg

The first specimen was lot 40644 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,292. The catalog description[1] 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.

Catalog reference: Dav-1432; KM-671; Berm-2380; Mutoni III-43.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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