Collectible Italian and Vatican Coins
The history of coinage in the West has deep roots in Italy, where ancient Roman coins were struck beginning in roughly the year 500 BCE. By the Middle Ages, the florin, named for its origins in the Republic of Florence, became an important trading coin throughout Europe. Little wonder that florins were widely copied by other aspiring nations. Meanwhile, the Papal States circulated the scudo, which was worth 100 baiocchi. In 1871, the...