||Papal States. Calixtus III (1455-58) gold Ducat ND, Rome mint, Fr-7, Berman-347, Biaggi-2166, MS62 NGC. ?+? CALISTVS ? | ? PP ? TERTIVS ?, Papal arms in quadrilobe / MODICE ? FIDEI ? QVARE ? DVBITATIS, St. Peter in boat with cross. A singular example of this issue. It is both exactingly struck and remarkably well-preserved. The surfaces retain substantial luster and there is but one small mark visible to the naked eye in the right obverse field. There is some die-wear evident in the reverse legends, but this is almost inconsequential in viewing the coin as a whole. Calixtus III is considered to be the second of the Renaissance popes. He may be best remembered for elevating his nephew, Rodrigo Borgia, to cardinal, a move that enabled him to be elected pope as the infamous Alexander VI.
Realized $7,050.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.