Papal States (1523-34) 2 carlino

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Ponterio sale 177, lot 13250
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 13250 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $1,762. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Papal States. Double Carlino, ND. Rome Mint. Clement VII (1523-34). Dies by Benvenuto Cellini. Cleaned long ago, now retoning. NEARLY EXTREMELY FINE. From the Demarete Collection." The early coinage of the Papal States used an antique monetary system. Five quattrini = one baiocco; 5 baiocchi = 1 grosso; 6 grossi = 4 carlini = 3 paoli = 1 testone; 10 testone = 1 doppia; 100 baiocchi = 1 scudi. In 1866, the currency was reformed to use centesimi and lire in order to match that of the surrounding kingdom of Italy. In 1870, the Papal States were occupied and annexed by the kingdom of Italy and coinage ceased until 1929. To Clement VII, this was all far in the future; he was doubtless more concerned with the advance of Charles V's army which would sack Rome in 1527.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Berman-841.


  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.

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