Lucca 1753 scudo Dav-1375

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Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 3990
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This specimen was lot 3990 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $364.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Lucca. Scudo, 1753. NGC AU-50. The classic motif of St. Martin as a Roman soldier on horseback before a beggar. The beggar appeared before him shivering in the cold, at which point St. Martin drew his sword and cut his own cloak in half to clothe the freezing man. The traditional Christian belief is that Christ later appeared to him in a dream telling St. Martin 'What thou has done for that poor man, thou has done for me'. A wholesome example showing only moderate wear from circulation. Attractive original toning." This type was struck 1753 only and is the next-to-last crown from this locality before the Napoleonic invasion of 1799.

Specification: 26.52 g, .917 fine silver.

Recorded Mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: Dav-1375; KM-62.


  • 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 January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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