Papal States 1830-B scudo Dav-189

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 31061
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This type is listed for 1830 and was struck in Rome and Bologna (shown here). It is the only scudo from the short reign of Pius VIII. After the reform of 1740, five quattrini = one baiocco; ten baiocchi = one giulio; 100 baiocchi = ten giulii = one scudo. 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. This specimen was lot 31061 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $1,645. The catalog description[1] noted, "Papal States. Pius VIII Scudo 1830-B MS63 NGC, Bologna mint. A wonderful example featuring a handsome mix of silver and dark gray patination, highlighted by underlying tones of amber. Seldom seen in this choice mint-state classification."

Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat scarce.

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

Catalog reference: KM 1310, Dav-189, Ber-3265.


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