Papal States 1851-R baiocco
This type is listed for 1850-53 and was struck in Rome (shown here) and Bologna. It is among the common Papal copper coins of the nineteenth century; the SCWC does not award any date a premium. The early coinage of the Papal States used an antique monetary system. After 1830, five quattrini = one baiocco; 100 baiocchi = one 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. This specimen was lot 1331 in Stephen Album sale 30 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2018), where it sold for $152.75. The catalog description noted, "PAPAL STATES: Pius IX, 1846-1878, AE baiocco, 1851-R anno V, considerable red luster, NGC graded MS64 RB."
Recorded mintage: 5,706,000 (including year VI).
Specification: 10 g, copper, 30 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Gig-228, Mont-306, KM-1345, Ber-3326.
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- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 30, featuring the George Anderson Collection of Tibetan Coins, the Dr. John W. Lund Collection of Swedish Coins and the Mike Edwards Collection, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2018.