Papal States 1825-B scudo Dav-187

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 24314
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Dav-187 rev Tom F.jpg
Kunker sale 263, lot 1860
The first specimen was lot 24314 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $558.13. The catalog description[1] noted, "Papal States. Leo XII Scudo 1825-B Year III, AU Details, cleaned at one time and now nicely toned, hairlines in the exposed fields. Quite nice despite the minor blemishes." The third specimen was lot 1860 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €2,800 (about US$3,617 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[3] noted,
"KIRCHENSTAAT/VATIKAN Leo XII. 1823-1829. Scudo ANNO III/1825, B, Bologna. In US-Plastikholder der NGC mit der Bewertung MS 65. Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. Kabinettstück. Prachtvolle Patina, min. justiert, fast Stempelglanz. (Papal States, Leo XII, 1823-29, scudo of 1825, year 3, Bologna mint. NGC MS-65, very rare in this quality, cabinet toning, a few adjustment marks, choice uncirculated.)"
This type is listed for 1825-26 and was struck in Rome and Bologna (shown here). The early coinage of the Papal States used an antique monetary system. Five quattrini = 1 baiocco; 5 baiocchi = 1 grosso; 6 grossi = 4 carlini = 3 paoli = 1 testone; 10 testone = 1 doppia; 100 baiocchi = 1 scudi. In 1866, the currency was reformed to use centesimi and lire in order to match that of the surrounding kingdom of Italy. In 1870, the Papal States were occupied and annexed by the kingdom of Italy and coinage ceased until 1929.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 26.42 g, .917 fine silver, .779 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Pagani 117, KM 1297.1, Dav-187, Ber-3255.


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  • [3]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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