Papal States 1866-R 5 lire

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Jean Elsen sale 111, lot 1282
Papal St 1866 5 lire rev JElsen 111-1282.jpg
from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Fr-282 rev Tom F.jpg
The first specimen was lot 1282 in Jean Elsen sale 111 (Brussels, December 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Pie IX (1846-1878), (Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti), AV 5 lire, 1866 R, an 21, Rome. Rare. Petits coups. Superbe à Fleur de Coin . (Italy, Papal States, Pius IX (1846-78), (Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti), gold five lire of 1866, year 21, Rome mint. Rare, small rim nicks, extremely fine to Uncirculated.)"
This type is known for 1866-67; both dates are rare as is the silver five lire of 1867-70. The pope was enjoying his last days as an independent potentate; when French troops left in 1870, Italian troops marched in and forcibly unified Rome with the rest of the kingdom of Italy. Coinage resumed in 1929 in the name of the Vatican.

Recorded mintage: 3,230.

Specification: 1.612 g, .900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Munt., 44; Berman-3336; Fr-282, KM 1380.


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  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 111, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2011.

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