Livorno 1718 pezza della rosa Dav-1501

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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, lot 21104
Tuscany SB816-21104r.jpg
Sincona sale 51, lot 3599
The first specimen was lot 21104 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Tuscany. Livorno. Pezza Della Rosa, 1718. Cosimo III Medici (1670-1723). PCGS AU-50 Secure Holder. Struck towards the end of the House of Medici and its total domination of most aspects of life in both Florence and Tuscany. A marvelous example of the issue with medium tone and sharp well defined devices. There are only a handful finer, with the majority of the few other surviving specimens showing considerably more circulation. Highly attractive dark pastel sheen atop the tone; a real beauty worthy of inclusion in a collection of the finest available Tuscan coinage." The second specimen was lot 3599 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 1,200 CHF (about US$1,448 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Livorno, Cosimo III. di Medici, 1670-1723. Pezza della Rosa 1718. Vorzüglich. Feine Patina. Kleines Zainende. (Livorno, Cosimo III de Medici, 1670-1723, piece of the rose of 1718. Extremely fine, Nice toning, Small edge clip.)"
This type is noted for 1701-18 (this is the second subtype, issued 1706-18) and is rather expensive.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, the second specimen 25.89 g.

Catalog reference: KM-15.4; Dav-1501; CNI-XI, 47,102, MIR 66/13.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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