Tuscany 1776 francescone Dav-1514

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1425
This specimen was lot 1508 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$246 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Firenze Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena, 1765-1790. Francescone (10 Paoli) 1776. Geharnischte Büste rechts. Rv. Gekröntes Wappen vom Vliesorden umgeben. Sehr schön. (Italy, Florence, Peter Leopold of Lorraine, 1765-90, francescone (ten paoli) of 1776. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms with Order of the Golden Fleece around, very fine.)"
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 but fairly common.

Specification: 27.50 g, .917 fine silver; this specimen is 27,29 g.

Catalog reference: Galeotti XIII - (vgl. 21 ff.), Dav-1514, KM C24.1.


  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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