||Papal States. Benedetto (Benedict) XIV gold Zecchino Year 2 (1741), Bologna mint, Fr-378, Berman-2798, XF45 NGC. An extremely rare type in very good condition. Only two examples have been sold publicly in the last decade. An inferior example was sold by Numismatica Ars Classica in 2008 (Auction 47, 3 June 2008, lot 88) for a 3500 euro hammer, and a slightly nicer piece sold in 2011 (also by Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 60, 7 June 2011, lot 5) for a 5500 euro hammer (the equivalent of about $8,000). Aside from a few tiny nicks on the obverse, this is a very attractive piece with just a little bit of normal circulation wear.
Realized $7,637.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.