Papal States 1816-B scudo Dav-183

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 3568
from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Dav-183 rev Tom Fi.jpg
The first specimen was lot 3568 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 1,100 CHF (about US$1,362 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"VATIKAN / KIRCHENSTAAT Pio VII. 1799-1823. Scudo 1816, AN XVII, Bologna. Gutes vorzüglich. (Papal States, Pius VII, 1799-1823, scudo of 1816, year XVII, Bologna mint, good extremely fine.)"
Coinage of the Papal States remains popular today for, besides the strong associations for Catholics, this period saw a string of commemorative issues featuring wonderfully vivid portraits of the various men who occupied the throne of St. Peter. The scudo superseded the piastra after 1740. This type is noted for 1815 (Rome) and 1816-18 (Bologna) and is rather scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 26.42 g, .917 fine silver, the first specimen 26.44 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-183; KM-1275, Ber-3223.


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