Papal States 1736 testone KM-875

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 641
This specimen was lot 641 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €220 (about US$279 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Clément XII (1730-1740), (Lorenzo Corsini), AR teston, 1736, an 7, Rome. D/ B. à d. R/ COMMODITAS VIARVM REDVX La Fortune allongée à g., ten. une roue. Très Beau. (Italy, Pontifical State, Clement XII (1730-40), silver teston of 1736, year 7, Rome mint. Obverse: bust to right; reverse: Fortune lounges to left, holding a wheel. Very fine.)"
This is a fairly scarce type. Another testone exists with the same reverse but with the papal arms on the obverse (Ber-2620). This type is listed in the SCWC for 1736 along with at least eight other types of testone, all scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 8.40 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 8,35 g.

Catalog reference: Munt. 25; Berman 2619, KM 875.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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