Papal States 1830-R 30 baiocchi KM-1101

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from Stack's Bowers 2017 NYINC, lot 6848
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This specimen was lot 6848 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $164.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Papal States. 30 Baiocchi, 1830-R. Sede Vacante. NGC AU Details--Surface Hairlines. Digs in the lower reverse field, hairlines visible. Nicely toned." This type is listed for 1830 only and was struck in Rome and Bologna. 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 scudo. After 1832, all the medieval coins were dropped except for the baiocco and the scudo. This thirty baiocchi replaced the testone, last coined in 1803. In 1835, the alloy was lowered from .917 fine to .900 fine, with a slightly higher weight to compensate and the reverse redesigned. 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 but scarce.

Specification: 7.92 g, .917 fine silver, .233 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-1101, Berman-3272.


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  • Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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