Papal States 1797 scudo Dav-1359

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Goldberg sale 85, lot 3990
Papal St G85-3990r.jpg
from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 666
The first specimen was lot 3990 in Goldberg sale 85 (Los Angeles, June 2015), where it sold for $270. The catalog description[1] noted, "Italian States: Papal/Roman States. Scudo of 10 Paoli, 1797. Bologna. Crowned arms. Reverse: Madonna and child above city. A few natural flan flaws, traces of luster. NGC graded AU-50. Ex: Purchased from Heritage by private treaty in 1987." The second specimen was lot 666 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €135 (about US$171 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"ITALIE, BOLOGNE, Gouvernement révolutionnaire (1796-1797), AR scudo da 10 paoli, 1797. D/ Ecu entre deux rameaux. R/ La Vierge à l'enfant sur une nuée au-dessus de la ville. Très Beau. (Italy, city of Bologna, revolutionary government (1796-97), silver scudo of ten paoli, 1797. Obverse: city arms between two branches; reverse: the Virgin and Child on a cloud hover over the city. Very fine.)"
This date is a two year type struck in 1796-97 for Pius VI (1775-99) at the Bologna mint. In Bologna, one scudo = 10 paoli = 100 bolognini. The scudo superseded the piastra after 1740.

Recorded mintage: unknown but available.

Specification: 26.42 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Munt. 2a; KM-339, Dav-1359, Berman unlisted.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 85: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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