Gold Doppia Stretta coin to auction for $95,500


2015-06-26 13:25:48


Gold Doppia Stretta coin to auction for $95,500

A gold Doppia Stretta coin dating from 1638 will sell at Spink on October 1

A rare gold Doppia Strettacoin originating from Genoa, Italy and dating to 1638 will highlight an auction of world coins and commemorative medals at Spink in London on October 1.

The 12-doppia coin carries an estimate of 50,000-60,000 ($79,515-95,418).

The coin is referred to in the Corpus as a Doppia Stretta, and was likely cut from the same die as the Scudo Stretto - a low quality silver coin. It features the Madonna and child seated on a cloud, surrounded by a crown of stars. The reverse features a cross with stars at each angle.

Doppia Stretta SpinkThe coin weighs 83.36g

Gold Doppia Stretta were only cut in1638, and areextremely rare. This particular example has been off the market for over a century.

Spink describes the piece as "a carefully struck coin with full legends and outer circle of pearls within wide borders on both sides, some slight double striking in the obverse legend, good very fine, a great rarity".

The Corpuslists only one example of this coin, which was to be found in the Avignone-Franchini collections - although it was not illustrated. This could very well be the same coin.

Giovanni Pesce, the 20th century chronicler of Genoese coins, had never seen an example of a gold doppia and thus doubted its existence, commenting: "The C.N.I. describes a piece called a narrowdoppiaerroneously, with 1638 as date, which was taken from the Avignone-Franchini catalogue, weighing 83.30 grams and 44mm in diameter."

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