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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 263. Estimate CHF3000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF2600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Knights of Malta, Malta. Grand Master Emmanuel de Rohan. 1775-1797. Tari (Copper, 26mm, 7.54 g 3), undated. F.EMMANUEL DE ROHAN.M Crowned quartered arms of Rohan and of the Order on the breast of a headless eagle. Rev. + CONCUTIATIS NEMINEM Head of John the Baptist on a salver from left to right. Azzopardi M.H. 918 (photograph, the text describes another coin). KM 333. Schembri 2. An astonishing piece, fresh and nearly proof-like. Center of the obverse softly struck, otherwise, uncirculated.

From a Swiss private collection, ex Heritage 3005, 29 May 2009, 21934 (but with the head on the obverse described as being that of the Grand Master!!)

The copper coinage of the Knights was really meant to be used. Of course, much of the silver was too, which is why so many surviving pieces are quite worn; however in comparison with the coppers the silver is really very nice. As a rule, the copper coins usually come down to us in fairly terrible condition: worn, corroded, and generally unpleasant. This piece is a great exception; while the coin itself is quite common, in this condition it is astounding, and we have to assume that it formed part of a special issue that was used as presentation pieces or souvenirs that were given out by the Grand Master on some special occasion.