Parma 1695 doppia Fr-925
This specimen was lot 917 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "ITALIAN STATES. PARMA AND PIACENZA. Francesco Farnese I, 1694-1727. Doppia, 1695 GG. Undraped bust r. with flowing locks, 'GG' below bust point, legend FRANCISCVS FARNESIVS. Rv. Crowned Arms include the Ombrellino that recalls that a forebear of this ruling family reigned as Pope, and an escutcheon of Portugal recalls intermarriage with that country's royal family. The titles end with Parma and Piacenza Seventh Duke. This attractive coin represents the highly elusive final gold coinage of the long-reigning Farnese Dukes, who would be succeeded in 1748 by a branch of the Spanish Bourbons. Lightest circulation is seen along with much lustre. Extremely Fine." A doppia is normally two ducats.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 7.14 g, .891 fine gold, .205 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-925.
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