Florence (1510-31) florin Fr-276

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 21124
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the Republic of Florence in 1494, on the eve of the French invasion

This specimen was lot 21124 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Florence. Florin, ND (Second Semester, 1520). Antonio di Guglieme Pazzi. NGC AU-55. This is a Fiorino d'Oro largo ("broad florin") introduced about 1422 to supersede the small diameter florin first coined about 1252. This type, marked by the Pazzi arms and the "ANT" monogram on the obverse, was struck from 1510 until the collapse of the republic. The gold florin was intended to compete with the Venetian ducat but is today much scarcer. Well struck with good definition of the fine details, clear full legend and with good eye appeal. Small portion of the top of the fleur de lis is off the flan mentioned for accuracy. A lovely high grade example worthy of a premium bid." Quarter florins also exist.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.45 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-276; Bern-II-3833/6; MIR-30/22.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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