Papal States 1739 zecchino Fr-222

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Jean Elsen sale 111, lot 1275
Papal St 1739 zecchino rev JElsen 111-1275.jpg
from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
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from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Fr-222 rev Tom Fi.jpg
from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Fr-222 rev Tom Fit.jpg
The first specimen was lot 1275 in Jean Elsen sale 111 (Brussels, December 2011), where it sold for 750 euro (about US$1,154 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Clément XII (1730-1740), AV zecchino, 1739, Rome. Droit : L'Eglise sur une nuée, tenant les clés de saint Pierre et une maquette d'église. Revers : L'écu du Pape sous la colombe de l'Esprit Saint. Superbe. (Italy, Papal States, Clement XII (1730-40), gold zecchino of 1739, Rome mint. Obverse: the holy mother church seated on a cloud, in one hand the keys of St. Peter and a church steeple in the other; reverse: the arms of the Pope below the dove of the Holy Spirit. Extremely fine.)"
This scarce type is listed for 1738-39 and was the first zecchino issued since 1730. The second and third specimens are undated.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.45 g, .998 gold, .110 troy oz AGW, the first specimen 3,38 g.

Catalog reference: Munt-4; Berman-2607; Fr-222, KM 888.

Source:

  • 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.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 111, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2011.

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