Papal States 1795 25 baiocchi

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 30090
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This specimen was lot 30090 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Papal States. Pius VI 25 Baiocchi 1795 Anno XXI MS65+ NGC. Not surprising, this current selection is the finest-known certified example of the type, asserting lightly-toned surfaces that gleam with original mint bloom. Equally pleasing are the razor-sharp design elements that, due to an exacting strike, absolutely mesmerize. A wholly captivating piece from start to finish, fully deserving of a premium bid." This type was issued 1795-96 and seems to be the only issue of this denomination. The piastra, last issued 1740, was worth 105 baiocchi. The early coinage of the Papal States used an antique monetary system. Five quattrini = one baiocco; 5 baiocchi = 1 grosso; 6 grossi = 4 carlini = 3 paoli = 1 testone; 10 testone = 1 doppia; 100 baiocchi = 1 scudi.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.72 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 1238, Ber-2974.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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