Tuscany 1790 francescone Dav-1518
This specimen was lot 13256 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Tuscany. Francescone (10 Paoli), 1790. NGC MS-62. Pietro Leopoldo (1765-90)." This type was struck 1791-1801; this date is rare. The francescone replaced the earlier tollero in 1747 and was so named to honor Francis of Lorraine, Holy Roman Emperor and husband of Maria Theresia. Several francesconi are noted for 1790, including Dav-1518a, -1519 and -1520; this is the most common.
Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly common.
Specification: 27.5 g, .917 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-1518; KM C24.5; Mont-60.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.