Papal States 1868-R 4 soldi
This specimen was lot 22615 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Papal States. 4 Soldi, 1868-R Year XXII. PCGS MS-66 RB Secure Holder. An impressively well preserved example of this large copper. Free of practically any surface disturbances with only a handful of very light contact marks which must be hunted for to be found. The toning is mostly confined to the tops of the devices leaving the fields to beam their fiery luster. Some diaphanous blue and light violet hues can be seen in the periphery when tilted in the light. A truly remarkable piece and surely among if not the finest, worthy of strong bidding." This type is known for 1866-69 and is common. 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. Four soldi equaled twenty centesimi.
Recorded mintage: 4,987,000 for year XXII plus 4,876,000 for year XXIII.
Specification: copper, 36 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-1374; Berm-3346.
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