Papal States 1837-R 5 scudi

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Jean Elsen sale 112, lot 1711
Papal States 1837 5 scudi rev JElsen 112-1711.jpg
This specimen was lot 1711 in Jean Elsen sale 112 (Brussels, March 2012) where it sold for € 650 ($1,016 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Grégoire XVI (1831-1846), (Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari), AV 5 scudi, 1837, an 7, Rome. Provient de notre vente 42, 16 décembre 1995, 1448. Fines griffes et léger défaut sur la tranche. Superbe. (Italy, Papal States, Gregory XVI, 1831-46, gold five scudi, year VII, Rome mint. Fine scratches and a minor edge fault; extremely fine. From our sale 42, December 1995, lot 1448.)"
This type was struck in Rome 1835-46. The bust is of Gregory XVI. For 1837, two edge lettering varieties are noted, regnal year VI and VII (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 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: 8.66 g, .900 fine gold, .250 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 1107, Munt., 3b; Berman-3283; Fr-265.


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