Tuscany 1726 1/2 zecchino Fr-330

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Sincona sale 46, lot 555
This specimen was lot 555 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 750 CHF (about US$900 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY, Florence, Giovanni Gaston de Medici, 1723-1737. Mezzo Fiorino doro 1726. Selten. Sehr schön. Gewellt. (grand duchy of Tuscany, John Gaston de Medici, 1723-37, half gold florin of 1726. Rare, Very fine, Wavy flan.)"
The half zecchino was not a denomination struck frequently at Florence yet for 1726, two types are listed: Fr-329 (mentioned in the SCWC) and Fr-330 (shown here but not mentioned in the SCWC). This one is slightly more available but neither are common. By the early eighteenth century, Tuscany was a quiet backwater, no longer the proud republic of Florence, leader of the Renaissance. Duke Giovanni Gaston was the last of the Medici dukes; on his death 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: 1.75 g, .986 fine gold, .055 troy oz AGW, this specimen 1.74 g.

Catalog reference: MIR 346. Fr-330.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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