Papal States 1831-B scudo Dav-191

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1391
Papal St 1831 scudo rev JElsen 121-1391.jpg
from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Dav-191 rev Tom F.jpg
The first specimen was lot 1391 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €140 (about US$224 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Grégoire XVI (1831-1846), (Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari), AR scudo, 1831, an 1, Bologne. Léger coup sur la tranche. Très Beau. (Italy, Papal States, Gregory XVI (1831-45), silver scudo of 1831, Bologna mint. Light rim nick, very fine.)"
This type is listed for 1831-34 and was struck in Rome and Bologna (shown here). The early coinage of the Papal States used an antique monetary system. Five quattrini = one baiocco; 5 baiocchi = 1 grosso; 6 grossi = 4 carlini = 3 paoli = 1 testone; 10 testone = 1 doppia; 100 baiocchi = 1 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Munt., 26; Berman-3274; KM 1315.1, Dav-191.


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