Papal States 1706 4 scudi d'oro Fr-193

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30184
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30184 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $44,062.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Papal States. Clemente XI gold 4 Scudi d'oro (Quadrupla) 1706, Rome mint, AU55 NGC. Obv. Papal arms. Rev. Madonna and Child with date below in Roman numerals MDCCVI. An exceedingly rare issue with a slightly soft central strike and notable remaining luster. No recent sales can be referenced for this elusive piece. Clemente XI was born Giovanni Francesco Albani to a family that came to Italy from Albania in the 15th century. During his reign as Pope, the Papal States began a major decline in power and prestige. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." This denomination was the largest gold coin issued by the pope during the seventeenth century. Called a quadrupla scudi d'oro, it matches the gold four ducats in size and weight.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 14 g, .986 fine gold, .443 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-193 (Rare), Berman-2341, Muntoni-2, CNI-67, Nomisma-232 (R5), KM 689.


  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 4th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2008.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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