Papal States 1740 1/2 zecchino Fr-228

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from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Fr-228 rev Tom F.jpg

This scarce type is listed for 1740 only, issued while the papal throne was vacant. It is accompanied by a one zecchino (Fr-227). Berman mentions two mezzi zecchini, one (2714) with "NVTANTIA.CORDA.TV.DIRIGAS" on the reverse (very rare) and this one (2715), with "VENI.SAN.SPIRITVS" on the reverse. Later in 1740, Benedict XIV was elected and his zecchini (|Fr-231) commenced.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.45 g, .998 gold, .110 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-227, KM 934, Ber-2715.


  • 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

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