Tuscany 1781 francescone Dav-1515

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Sincona sale 11, lot 1745
This specimen was lot 1745 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$248 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Florenz Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena, 1765-1790. Francescone 1781. Fast sehr schön-sehr schön. (grand duchy of Tuscany, Peter Leopold of Lorraine, 1765-90, francescone of 1781, nice very fine.)"
This type is listed for 1777-82 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 is 27,24 g.

Catalog reference: CNI XII,434,109, Davenport-1515.


  • 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, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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