Milan 1796-M crocione Dav-1390
This specimen was lot 24980 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Milan. Franz II of Austria Tallero 1796-M, AU58 NGC, a choice lustrous example with just a hint of rub on the cheek. The reverse is especially choice." This type was struck in 1792-1800 during the reign of Franz II, the last Holy Roman Emperor. This type is identical to kronenthalers struck elsewhere in the Hapsburg dominions even tho this specimen was struck in Milan (mintmark "M"). Others are known from Prague (mintmark "C"), Karlsburg (mintmark "E"), Hall (mintmark "F"), Nagybanya (mintmark "G"), Gunzburg (mintmark "H") and Vienna (mintmark "A"). The design bears the Burgundian cross on the reverse, so perhaps that is why this coin is filed under Austrian Netherlands. The duchy of Milan was Spanish until 1714, when it passed to the Austrians, who lost it to Revolutionary France in 1797. After the fall of Napoleon in 1815, it returned to Hapsburg rule until the unification of Italy in 1859-60.
Recorded mintage: unknown but a scarce date.
Specification: 29.44 g, .873 fine silver, .826 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Dav-1390, KM 239 (formerly C59.1).
- 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 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.