Tuscany 1859 4 fiorini
"ITALIEN, Firenze, Leopoldo II. di Lorena, 1824-1859. Francescone 1859. Gutes vorzüglich." (Florence, Leopold II of Lorraine, 1824-59, francescone, good Extremely Fine.)This type, struck 1845-48 and 1856-59, superseded a similar coin with a younger bust of the duke (KM C75a) struck 1833-41. 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: 27.5 g, .916 fine silver, .809 troy oz ASW, this specimen 27,38 g.
Catalog reference: Pagani 119, Dav-160, KM C75b.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.