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Papal: Innocent XI Testoni


Some of the most interesting coins of the Baroque period were issued under Innocent XI, who reformed the coinage in July, 1684. He standardized the designs of many of the coins and none is a better example than the testoni issued from 1684 to his death in 1689. All had the same basic design: papal coat of arms on the obverse, and the legend Melius Est Dare Quam Accipere ('tis better to give than to receive) on the reverse. Within these basic parameters the die cutters had amazing latitude in executing their designs, and Muntoni's La Monete Dei Papo e Degli Stati Pontifici lists no less than 90 unique varieties that were issued during these 5 years. Occassionally an obverse or reverse was "muled" with more than one opposite design. And, while there is some variation in the rendering of Innocent's coat of arms, the most noticable difference is the wonderful variation of reverse decoration, distinguished by the use of seraphs, plaques of various shapes, ribbons, ornamental wreaths of various types, a double hexagon, and on and on. Also, every date from 1684 through 1689 appears on at least one variety, although a few have no date at all.

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Interesting Papal Coins of the Baroque


I'm using this gallery to present a few of my favorite late 17th Century coins. For me, the period covering the last three popes of the century - Innocent XI, Alexander VII and Innocent XII - was the apex of the minter's art. Some of the greatest designers and mintmasters lived during this period and there's a delightful range of varieties and subjects to reward the observant collector. Just a personal statement and definitely a work in progress.

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