||Papal States. Calixtus III (1455-58) gold Ducat ND, Rome mint, Fr-7, Berman-347, Biaggi-2166, MS61 NGC. ?+? CALISTVS ? | ? PP ? TERTIVS ?, Papal arms in quadrilobe / MODICE ? FIDEI ? QVARE ? DVBITATIS, St. Peter in boat with cross. A handsome specimen strongly struck on a very slightly wavy planchet, due in most part to ghosting of devices from one side to another. The details remain clear, although there is some doubling in part of the legend. Calixtus III was originally from Aragon and was the first of the Borgia dynasty to serve in Rome as cardinal and pope. Serving as pope just a couple years after the fall of Constantinople, Calixtus (Alfonso de Borja) spent much of his short papacy trying to get support from the princes for a crusade.
Realized $6,462.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.