Papal States 1705 piastra Dav-1435
This specimen was lot 40645 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,495. The catalog description 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.
- 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.