Tuscany 1721 florin Fr-326
This specimen was lot 2798 in Goldberg sale 78 (Los Angeles, January 2014), where it sold for $705. The catalog description noted, "Italian States - Florence. Florin, 1721. Cosimo III, 1670-1723. Lily. Reverse: St. John seated. PCGS graded Genuine About Uncirculated, Details (Scratch)." This type is listed for 1712-23 and is rare despite the many years of issue. By the early eighteenth century, Tuscany was a quiet backwater, no longer the proud republic of Florence, leader of the Renaissance. Duke Cosimo III was the next to last of the Medici dukes; on the death of his successor in 1737 the grand duchy passed to Francis of Lorraine, husband of Maria Theresia of Austria. Tuscany remained in the hands of various Austrian princelings until she was annexed by France in 1807.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.18 g, .999 fine gold, .102 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-326.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Yifu Che and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg sale 78: the pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2014.