Papal States 1705 piastra Dav-1435

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40645
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40645 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,495. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Papal States. Piastra, Year 6 (1706). NGC EF-40. Clement XI (1700-21). Reverse depicts papal audience. Intricately detailed." This date is a one year type struck in 1705 or 1706, depending on your source. Dav-1434 is very similar but has the obverse legend starting on the right. The piastra was the Italian equivalent of the German thaler.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 32.07 g, .917 fine silver. The SCWC lists the weight as 13.21 g, which is manifestly wrong.

Catalog reference: Dav-1435; KM-677; Berm-2382; Mutoni III-45.


  • 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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