Milan 1778 scudo Dav-1386
This specimen was lot 22169 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Milan. Maria Theresa of Austria 6 Lire (Scudo) 1778, MS62 NGC, a most attractive example with rich old-time patina and significant mint luster, especially on the reverse. The details are boldly executed on both sides and the overall eye appeal is excellent. A highly elusive type in mint state." This type was struck 1778-80 at the end of the reign of the redoubtable Maria Theresia. Similar scudi were struck for Joseph II 1781-86 (Dav-1387), after which the crocione was introduced. Austria lost Milan to the French in 1797.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 23.07 g, .896 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-1386, KM 192.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.