Papal States 1837-R 30 baiocchi

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 682
This specimen was lot 682 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €95 (about US$120 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Grégoire XVI (1831-1846), (Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari), AR 30 baiocchi, 1837, an 7, Rome. Rare Belle patine. Très Beau. (Italy, Pontifical State, Gregory XVI (1831-46), silver thirty baiocchi of 1837, year 7, Rome mint. Rare, nice patina, very fine.)"
This type is listed for 1836-38 and 1846 and was struck in Rome. 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. 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.

Specification: 8.07 g, .900 fine.

Catalog reference: Munt. 11a, KM 1109, Berman 3287.


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  • Gigante, Fabio, Gigante 2016: Catalogo Nazionale delle Monete Italiano Dal '700 All'Euro, 24a ed. Varese, Italy, 2015.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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