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Triton XXII, Lot: 1300. Estimate $750.
Sold for $1600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ITALY, Papale (Stato pontificio). Clement XI. 1700-1721. AR Piastra (44.6mm, 32.05 g, 12h). Rome mint. Dated RY 13 (AD 1713/4). * CLEMENS * XI P * M * AN * XIII *, coat-of-arms surmounted by crossed keys and Papal tiara / · FONTIS · ET · FORI · ORNAMENTO · * ·, the Fontana del Pantheon; in exergue, coat-of-arms surmounted by tasseled gallero. CNI XVII 176; Muntoni 38; Berman 2376; KM 753; Davenport 1446. EF, toned.

The reverse of this coin depicts the Fontana del Pantheon, the original of which was erected under pope Gregory XIII. The fountain took its current shape in 1711, when Baroque sculptor Filippo Barigioni was commissioned to update the design, incorporating a large Egyptian obelisk. The obelisk had initially been carved under Pharoah Ramses II (1279–1213 BC) for use in the Temple of Ra at Heliopolis, and was later brought to Rome and used in the ancient Iseum Campense.