Papal States 1853-R scudo d'oro Fr-275

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1392
Papal St 1853 scudo doro rev JElsen 121-1392.jpg
This specimen was lot 1392 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €120 (about US$192 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, ETATS PONTIFICAUX, Pie IX (1846-1878), (Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti), AV scudo d'oro, 1853, an 8, Rome. Petit module. Superbe. (Italy, Papal States, Pius IX (1846-78), gold scudo of 1853, Rome mint, small diameter, extremely fine.)"
This type is listed for 1853-57 from Rome and Bologna and was struck simultaneously with a silver scudo. 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.

Recorded mintage: 209,000.

Specification: gold.

Catalog reference: Munt., 7; Berman-3307; Fr-275, KM 1358.


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  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 121, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2014.

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