Tuscany 1806 francescone Dav-155

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1428
This specimen was lot 1428 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 350 CHF (about US$529 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Firenze Carlo Luigi und Maria Luigia, 1803-1807. Francescone 1807. Fast vorzüglich. (Italy, Florence, Charles Louis and Maria Luisa, 1803-07, francescone (ten paoli) of 1807. Choice extremely fine.)"
This type is listed for 1803-07 and is inexpensive for an Italian crown. A variety exists with the king's name spelled "CAROLUS" instead of "CAROLVS" (shown here). 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly common.

Specification: 27.50 g, .917 fine silver; this specimen is 27,17 g.

Catalog reference: Pag. 31, Dav-155, KM C50.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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