Tuscany 1844 fiorino
This specimen was lot 23201 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $360. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Tuscany. Fiorino, 1844. NGC MS-63. An elusive date with sharp detail, radiant gleam in the fields and light complimentary tone." This type is listed for 1843-48 and 1856-58. These obscure little Italian states coins don't catalog for much but are very difficult to find. The fiorino, originally a gold coin equal to a ducat, was in the nineteenth century one quarter of a francescone, the Tuscan equivalent of a piastra.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.98 g, .917 fine silver, 24 mm diameter, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM-C72a; Mont-345.
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- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.