Papal States 1861-R 2-1/2 scudi
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 specimen was lot 30157 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $881.25. The catalog description noted, "Papal States. Pius IX gold 2-1/2 Scudi 1861-R (Year XV) MS66 NGC, Rome mint. Entirely radiant with carefully preserved surfaces that are particularly choice, even for the grade, on the obverse. Tied with one other piece for the finest certified at NGC."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 4.33 g, .900 fine gold, .125 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 1117, Fr-273, Ber-3306.
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