Papal States 1853-R scudo year VIII Dav-194

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Goldberg sale 67, lot 4359
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4359 in Goldberg sale 67 (Los Angeles, January 2012), where it sold for $172.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Italian States - Papal/Roman States. Scudo, 1853-R. Anno VIII. Pius IX, 1846-1878. Bust left. Reverse: Value and date in wreath. Edge bumps. NGC graded Extremely Fine, Details (Surface Hairlines)." This type is listed for 1850-56 and was struck simultaneously with a gold scudo d'oro. This date is known marked year VII and VIII. 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: 527,000 (year VII and VIII).

Specification: 26.87 g, .900 fine silver, .777 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Dav-194; KM-1336.2; Pagani-395, Ber-3309.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 67: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2011.

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