Papal States 1735-H testone

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50537
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal States KM-853 rev Tom F.jpg

The first specimen was lot 50537 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $429. The catalog description[1] noted, "Testone, 1735. NGC AU Details--Surface Hairlines. Clement XII (1730-40)." This date is listed in the SCWC as 1734 but the coin is clearly marked 1735. The testone was thirty baiocchi, while the piastra, the Italian equivalent of the German thaler, was 105 baiocchi.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7.95 g, silver, .917 fine.

Catalog reference: KM-853; Berm-2634; Mutoni III-58.


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

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