Tuscany 1791 francescone Dav-1521
This specimen was lot 5066 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $1840. The catalog description  noted, "Italian States - Tuscany. Tallero (10 Paoli), 1791. Ferdinando III. Head right. Reverse: Crowned shield with spikes in order chain. A few interesting clash marks in obverse field. Original fresh mint luster. Rare in top grades. NGC graded AU-58." 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.
Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.
Specification: 27.5 g, .917 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-1521; KM-C37; CNI-2.
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- 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.