Papal States 1643 piastra Dav-4061

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Ponterio sale 161, lot 20492
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
Papal St Dav-4061 rev Tom F.jpg

The first specimen was lot 20492 in Ponterio sale 161 (Chicago, August 2011), where it sold for $1,840. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Papal States. Piastra (Scudo of 80 Bolognini), 1643-XXI. Urban VIII (1623-44). Nicely toned. NGC XF-40." 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-4061; KM-205; Berman-1709.


  • 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]Ponterio, Rick, et al., Ponterio sale 161: The Chicago ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers, LLC, 2011.

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