Urbino (1574-1624) 30 quattrini

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 1327
Urbino in 1494, from Shepherd's atlas
This specimen was lot 1327 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, URBINO, Francesco Maria II della Rovere (1574-1624), AR 30 quattrini, s.d. D/ Ecu couronné. R/ Saint Jean et saint Jacques deb. f. à f. Beau à Très Beau. (duchy of Urbino, Francis Maria II of the Rovere, 1574-1624, undated silver 30 quattrini. Obverse: crowned arms; reverse: St. John and St. Jacob stand face to face. Fine to very fine.)"
The collapse of the authority of the pope in the Papal States in the late middle ages allowed many petty lordships to spring up, including Urbino near San Marino, long ruled by the Montefeltre family. The last Montefeltre duke was dispossessed by Cesare Borgia in 1502 and the duchy passed to the della Rovere family. The della Rovere ruled Urbino under papal suzerainty until the extinction of the family in 1626.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 2,64 g.

Catalog reference: CNI XIII, 556, 91.


  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018..

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