Papal States 1740 1/2 scudo d'oro Fr-229
This scarce type is listed for 1740 only, issued while the papal throne was vacant. It is accompanied by a one zecchino (Fr-227) and a half zecchino (Fr-228). Later in 1740, Benedict XIV was elected and his zecchini (|Fr-231) commenced. The SCWC lists this issue as debased gold but this coin does not show the greenish toning one would expect.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.75 g, .555 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-229, KM 937, Ber-2716.
- 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