Ronciglione 1799 3 baiocchi Ber-3215

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 673
This specimen was lot 673 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €370 (about US$469 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Occupation autrichienne (1799-1800), cu 3 baiocchi, s.d., Ronciglione. D/ B. de la Vierge à g. R/ Vue de la ville incendiée. Rare. Beau à Très Beau. (Italy, Pontifical State, Austrian occupation (1799-1800), copper three baiocchi, undated, Ronciglione mint. Obverse: bust of the Virgin to left; reverse: view of the burning city. Rare, fine to very fine.)"
This is the rarer of two types issued by the Austrians (Ber-3215, 3216). The Roman Republic was formed to welcome the advancing French armies in 1798 and the pope fled to Venice and Austrian protection. When Napoleon left Italy for Paris, the puppet republics all collapsed and the pope returned to Rome, to rule until 1808. This local emergency issue is very scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper or brass.

Catalog reference: Munt. 1; KM unlisted, Berman 3215.


  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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