Tuscany 1777 ruspone Fr-334

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Goldberg sale 69, lot 3991
Tuscany 1777 ruspone rev Goldberg 69-3991.jpg

This specimen was lot 3991 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $4,830. The catalog description [2] noted, "Italian States - Florence (Tuscany). Ruspone, 1777. Pietro Leopoldo, 1765-1790. Lily. Reverse: St. John seated. NGC graded MS-64." This type was struck 1765-90, i.e., Pietro's entire reign. This specimen sold for substantially less than the value listed in the SCWC. This coin had a face value of three ducats. 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: 10.46 g, .999 fine gold, .336 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-334; CNI-61; KM-C28.


  • 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.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.

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