Papal States 1860-R 2-1/2 scudi

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3547
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, guilii, testoni, etc., were dropped in favor of a silver scudo divided into one hundred baiocchi. Gold one, , five and ten scudi were minted at Rome and Bologna until 1865. This specimen was lot 3547 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$358 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY | Vatican - Church State, Pius IX. 1846-1878 2 1/2 Scudi An XV/1860 R. Rom. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Papal States, Pius IX, 1846-78, 2½ scudi of 1860, year 15, Rome mint. Very fine-extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.33 g, .900 fine gold, .125 troy oz AGW, this specimen 4.31 g.

Catalog reference: KM 1117, Pagani 370, Fr-273, Ber-3306.


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