Florence (1252-1422) florin Fr-275

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 31170
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the Republic of Florence in 1494, on the eve of the French invasion

This specimen was lot 31170 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $2,640. The catalog description[1] noted, "Florence. Republic gold Florin ND (1252-1422) MS61 NGC, An extremely lustrous and enchanting example of the type, yielding highly pleasing surfaces and a well centered, even strike. A few light deposits within the obverse legend are noted, but do not distract from its charm." Altho the first florin was issued a generation before the first ducat, the issues of Venice gradually overwhelmed those of Florence to where few florins survive today. This type was struck for nearly two centuries without change; later issues of the fifteenth century (Fr-276) bear the arms of the mintmaster and can be dated to the years of his tenure.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.45 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-275.


  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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