Tuscany 1846 4 fiorini Dav-160

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Sincona sale 11, lot 1750
This specimen was lot 1750 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 1,500 CHF (about US$1,857 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Florenz Leopoldo II. di Lorena, 1824-1859. Francescone 1846. Vorzüglich-FDC. (grand duchy of Tuscany, Leopold II of Lorraine, 1824-59, francescone of 1846. Extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This type was issued 1845-46 and 1856-59 and is rather scarce. A francescone, equivalent to the old piastra or tallero, was worth four fiorini or ten paoli. In the 1850's, Tuscany was ruled by a Hapsburg prince, Leopold II.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.50 g, .916 fine silver, this specimen 27.20 g.

Catalog reference: Pag-116, KM C75b, Davenport-160.


  • 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, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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