Tuscany 1769 francescone Dav-1510
This specimen was lot 2948 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 100 (about US$125 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "Francescone 1769. Sehr schön. (very fine.)" This type is listed for 1766-71 and is inexpensive for an Italian crown. Peter Leopold was the second son of Maria Theresia of Austria and emperor Joseph II's brother. He became emperor himself on the death of Joseph in 1790 but his reign lasted only until his death in 1792. 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 26.97 g.
Catalog reference: KM C21b; MIR 376/4, Dav-1510.
- 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.
- Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.