Tuscany 1747 francescone Dav-1504

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1901
This specimen was lot 1901 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 150 CHF (about US$180 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY, Toscana, Francesco II. di Lorena, 1737-1765. 10 Paoli 1747, Florenz. Sehr schön. (grand duchy of Tuscany, Francis II of Lorraine, 1737-65, ten paoli of 1747, Florence mint. Very fine.)"
This type is listed for 1747 only and is inexpensive for an Italian crown. Francis was the husband of Maria Theresia of Austria and Holy Roman Emperor. He was originally duke of Lorraine but was evicted by the French and given Tuscany as compensation, the native Medici having gone extinct. Similar crowns (-1505, -1506, -1507, -1508) are listed for 1747-66. In 1800, Tuscany was occupied by the French and not returned to Hapsburg rule until 1815.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.5 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen is 26.95 g.

Catalog reference: MIR 361/1, Dav-1504.


  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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