Papal States 1858-R 2-1/2 scudi
This specimen was lot 33335 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $366. The catalog description noted, "Papal States. Pius IX gold 2-1/2 Scudi 1858-XII R UNC Details (Obverse Scratched) NGC, Rome mint. The noted scratches are only light, while surfaces remain bright and all detail is crisp." The first coinage reform in the Papal States was implemented in the early 1830's during the reign of Gregory XVI (1831-46). All the doppie, zecchini, guili, testoni, etc., were dropped in favor of a silver scudo divided into one hundred baiocchi. Gold one, 2½, five and ten scudi were minted at Rome and Bologna until 1865. This type was struck for Pius IX 1848 and 1853-63 carried on the standard of Gregory XVI. This specimen is from the Rome mint.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 4.33 g, .900 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-274; KM-1117; Berman-3306.
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