This is an excellent example of the Papal States issue of the Italian Silver Scudo. This coin was primarily used for domestic purposes and trade within the Papal States. Research shows that this coin is silver .900 and weighs 26.871 and 38mm in diameter. This coin bears the Rome mint mark. The obverse features Pope Gregory XVI a very well done attractive portrait with a couple great design surprises that makes this coin on you'll wan to add to your collection. Those two design elements is the great well struck detail on the Pope's robe; next is his zucchettos (hat) have these subtle creases as part of the design and it really makes the coin come alive because it looks so authentic.
Pope Gregory was known to be very fiscally conservative. But in 1837 he minted 11,000 of these coins, the largest minted to date of this coin. It is documented that the Pope committed to major defense spending, engineering works and architectural works which would certainly explain the large mintage for this year. However, this coin is scarce with only 2 graded by NGC including this coin.
It's my opinion that many of these were melted down eventually. This is.a cumbersome coin for daily transactions; furthermore these coins were likely used to import materials for projects. It was common to see coins like these melted down and traded in favor of coins like the Mexican 8 Reals which was slightly over 27g and the most accepted coin globally at that time.
Overall, this coin would make an excellent addition to any serious collectible coin portfolio. This coin is professionally authenticated and graded by NGC. The coin is encapsulated in a special holder that also contains the certificate of grade and authenticity.
Spanish coins are some of the most beautiful and historic coins from Europe. In fact, I would say that Spanish coins, especially prior to the rise of the 8 Reales in the USA - exhume a certain majestic color about their design and artistry that cannot be found from other European Kingdoms. This rare 1718 J Royal 2R is unusual in mint state with no problems such as cleaning. In fact this coin is only 1 of 2 in its grade and only one other is currently graded higher. Spanish coins are gaining in popularity due to their legal tender status in the USA up until 1857 - when Congress repealed laws allowing foreign coins legal tender in the USA. Today these coins our tough to come buy in this pristine condition.
Stunning bright red example of this beautiful coin from the Bahamas. The coin features an amazing intricate design on the obverse with a very unique star fish design on the reverse. The low certified population world coins have a lot of potential and are currently quite affordable. This example is one of only 28 in the same NGC grade; and there is only 8 that have been grader higher.
A wonderful and rare piece to find in mint state. This coin has great surfaces and nice artistry. Coins from Afghanistan are tough to find and even more difficult to obtain in the USA. These coins are a great value and have excellent long term upside.