Tuscany 1814 francescone Dav-156
This specimen was lot 2949 in Sincona sale 19 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 240 (about US$301 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "Francescone 1814. Sehr schön-gutes sehr schön (very fine to good very fine)." 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 1814-24 for the restored Ferdinand III.
Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly scarce.
Specification: 27.50 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 27.20 g.
Catalog reference: Pag. 61, Dav-156, KM C59.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.