Papal States 1786 10 zecchini Fr-390

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 25006
Papal St 1786 10 zecchini rev Heritage 3024-25006.jpg

This specimen was lot 25006 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $7,637.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Papal States - Bologna. Pius VI gold 10 Zecchini 1786 XII, AU58 NGC, a choice example of this large and impressive gold type with aged patina and well-struck details. The reverse features the Pontiff seated on a cloud with coats of arms below. Rarely seen in the market, and this is an exceptionally appealing coin." This rare type from the Bologna mint, the largest gold coin issued by the papacy in the eighteenth century, is listed for 1786-87 only. It is accompanied by a gold five zecchini.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 35 g, .986 fine gold, 1.109 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 309, Fr-390, Ber-3012.


  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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