DescriptionPapal States. Sixtus IV (1471-84) gold Ducat ND, Rome mint, Fr-25, Berman-447, Biaggi-2205, AU58 NGC. Obv. • SIXTVSS • PP * ¦ * QVARTVS * •, papal arms in quadrilobe. Rev. • S • ¦ • PAVLVS • ¦ S • PETRVS •, SS. Peter and Paul standing, • ROMA • in exergue. Lightly toned with underlying luster on a slightly wavy flan. The edges are a little out of round but there are no other notable flan flaws. Sixtus IV sponsored the building of the Sistine Chapel and was responsible for numerous public works in and around Rome, including aqueducts and bridges. Sixtus also crafted the papal bull upon which the Spanish Inquisition was founded.
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