Milan 1800-M sovrano Fr-741a

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 25188
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25188 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $1,150. The catalog description[1] noted, "Milan. Franz II gold Sovrano 1800M, XF45 NGC, light original toning with luster in the legends, an appealing example with no adjustment marks." This type is recorded for the Duchy of Milan 1792-1800. Similar coins with other mintmarks (Brussels, Vienna, etc.) are listed under the 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 rare.

Specification: 10.62-11.10 g, .919 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 241, Fr-741a.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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