Papal States (1643) piastra Dav-4057

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from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Dav-4057 rev Tom F.jpg
from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 588
Silver piastri are popular with collectors not only for their Catholic associations but also the extraordinarily vivid portraits of the various popes, including Urban VIII shown here. This type is listed for year XII (1634) and XX (1643). The second specimen was lot 588 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €380 (about US$481 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Urbain VIII (1623-1644), (Maffeo Barberini), AR piastre, 1643, an 20, Rome. D/ B. à d. R/ SVB TVVM PRAESIDIVM CON· La Vierge de l'Immaculée Conception dans une gloire. Rare Griffes dans le champ au droit. Très Beau. (Italy, Pontifical State, Urban VIII (1623-44), silver piastre, year 20, Rome mint. Obverse: bust to right; reverse: the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception in a glory. Rare, tooling on obverse, very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 31.99 g, .917 fine silver, the second specimen 31,84 g.

Catalog reference: Munt. 31; Dav-4057; KM-184, Ber-1710.


  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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