Tuscany 1803 5 lire Dav-153

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Goldberg sale 69, lot 5067
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This specimen was lot 5067 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $1,150. The catalog description [2] noted, "Italian States - Tuscany. 5 Lire (½ Dena), 1803. Charles Louis and Marie Louise, 1803-1807. Busts of mother and son right. Reverse: Crowned arms and chain. A lovely original example with mint fresh luster and light golden toning. Rare. NGC graded MS-62." The Grand Duchy of Tuscany, founded by the Medici in the early 1500's, collapsed in 1799 with the arrival of Napoleon's army. The region went thru many vicissitudes until it was annexed outright by Napoleon in 1807, only to be returned to the Hapsburgs in 1814. It was incorporated into the new kingdom of Italy in 1860. This type was struck 1803-04 for Charles Louis, king of Etruria, and his mother, the regent Maria Luisa of Spain. Altho it has a Davenport number, it is too small (<20 g) to be included in our list of European crowns and thalers.

Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat scarce.

Specification: 19.72 g, .958 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-153; KM C48; Pagani-33.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Gigante, Fabio, Gigante 2016: Catalogo Nazionale delle Monete Italiano Dal '700 All'Euro, 24a ed. Varese, Italy, 2015.
  • Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
  • [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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