Tuscany 1793 francescone Dav-1521

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40650
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40650 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,762. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Tuscany. Francescone (10 Paoli), 1793. Pisa Mint. NGC MS-63. Toned, lustrous." 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; C-37; Gig-25; Mont-131.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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