Another Italian Mystery Copper: Papal States Benedict XIV 1750 Quattrino?

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by The Eidolon, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    This was sold to me recently as a Quattrino of Benedict XIV, 1750
    Weight is 2.25 g, about 20-21 mm diameter. Price was $6 so I'm not out for much.
    I looked it up online and can't find an exact match.
    Here's the 1750 Papal States quattrino on Numista.
    The inscriptions on mine are a little different. I think mine says:
    ob: BENE XIV P
    rev: PORTA SANCTA (holy door)
    I think the door is a reference to the Jubilee year of 1750.
    Benedict XIV was pope from 1740-58
    The lack of an explicitly stated denomination (it's a little heavier than the 2.1 g I would expect for a quattrino) and date (papal year or AD) are bugging me.
    I wonder if it could be a contemporary privately issued copper token.
    The version of the Papal Arms looks like it might be a regional issue from Gubbio.
    Krause lists a 1750 Quattrino from Gubbio as a "holy year issue" with no image.
    I can't find it on Numista for that year at all. Any suggestions welcomed.
    ob.jpg Rev.jpg
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  3. Chris B

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  4. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info. That one looks almost identical to the one I linked on Numista, although in better condition. Here is a side-by-side comparison:
    Left: Gubbio 1747 Quattrino
    Center: My coin. 1750 Gubbio Quattrino?
    Right: The 1750 Papal States Quattrino from the auction you linked.
    If you look at the shape of the shield at the bottom, mine looks a lot closer to the Gubbio version than the regular Papal States version. Unfortunately, Krause has no image of the Jubilee Year 1750 Gubbio quattrino, though it does mention it existing. I haven't found any images online at the usual sites. But that's my best best guess.
    Or failing that, some private token issue closely modeled after the Gubbio quattrino.
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  5. Milesofwho

    Milesofwho Omnivorous collector

    Having just done a cursory glance, I believe your coin is indeed a Quattrino from Gubbio. The shield is the same, it’s definitely a holy year issue, and there’s only one holy year for Benedict XIV, 1750. Very interesting!
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  6. Sullykerry2

    Sullykerry2 Humble Collector Willing to Learn

    Gubbio: I walked through that town on my pilgrimage to Rome following the historic Way of St. Francis!
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