Savoy 1581 doppia Fr-1049

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 25190
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Sincona sale 54, lot 659
The first specimen was lot 25190 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $7,050. The catalog description[1] noted, "Sardinia. Carlo Emanuele I gold Doppia 1581, MS61 NGC, a gorgeous example with well-struck features and fully lustrous surfaces. The obverse features a bust of Carlo wearing a high collar and the reverse shows the coat of arms. Rare and most desirable in this pleasing quality." The second specimen was lot 659 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 2,000 CHF (about US$2,380 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Carlo Emanuele I. 1580-1630. Doppia 1581, Torino. Con sigla T. Selten. Sehr schön. Schrötlingsfehler und unregelmässiger Schrötling. (duchy of Savoy, Charles Emanuel I, 1580-1630, doppia of 1581, Turin mint, mintmark T. Rare, Very fine, Flan defect and irregular flan.)"
Friedberg lists this coin for 1580-1611 in several varieties, all rare. The doppia may have started out as a double ducat (7 g) but kept sliding in weight.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.67 g, .986 fine gold, the second specimen 6.49 g.

Catalog reference: MIR 579 c. Fr-1049.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.

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