Tuscany 1775 francescone Dav-1514
This specimen was lot 536 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $4,840. The catalog description noted, "ITALY, Toscana (Granducato). Leopoldo I. 1765-1790. AR Francescone – 10 Paoli. Firenze (Florence) mint. Dated 1775. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Choice toned UNC with many hues of violet and blue along with hints of silver coming through the patina. Highest graded specimen. Rarity 2. Ex Ponterio 124 (17 January 2003), lot 2202." This type is listed for 1771-77 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: 27.50 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen Ø41 mm, 27.43 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM (C) 24.1; Montenegro 46, Dav-1514.
- 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.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.