Papal States 1850-R 5 baiocchi KM-1356
This specimen was lot 1329 in Stephen Album sale 32 (Santa Rosa, CA, September 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "PAPAL STATES: Pius IX, 1846-1870, AE 5 baiocchi, 1850-R year V, PCGS graded MS63 BR. By 1861, much of the Papal States' territory had been conquered by the Kingdom of Italy. Only Lazio, including Rome, remained under the Pope's temporal control. In 1870, the Pope lost Lazio and Rome and had no physical territory at all, except the Baslica of St Peter and the papal residence and related buildings around the Vatican quarter of Rome, which the new Italian state did not occupy militarily." This denomination was struck in three forms in 1850: a silver (KM 1341a, struck 1847-55) and two bronze (KM 1346/Gig-170/Ber-3321, struck 1849-50 with a continuous obverse legend, and KM 1356, shown here, struck 1850-54). Altho the silver five baiocchi has much the lowest mintage of the three, it is priced about the same. Rome and Bologna both participated in production.
Recorded mintage: 10,164,000 (including KM-1346).
Specification: copper, 42 g, 40-41 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-1356, Gig-172, Ber-3322.
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