Siena (1536-39) scudo d'oro Fr-1160

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1432
Siena c1536 scudo doro rev JElsen 121-1432.jpg
the Republic of Florence in 1494, on the eve of the French invasion
This specimen was lot 1432 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, SIENNE, République (1404-1555), AV scudo d'oro del sole, s.d. (1536-1539), Droit: SENAVETVS CIVITAS VIRGINIS La louve allaitant les jumeaux dans un écu échancré. Revers: A ET [..] PRINCIPIV ET FINIS Croix ornée dans un quadrilobe. Très Rare. Très Beau. (Italy, republic of Siena, gold scudo without date. Obverse: ornate shield with the wolf nursing Romulus and Remus; reverse: ornate cross in a quadrilobe. Very rare, very fine.)"
The Republic of Siena, in Tuscany south of the better known city of Florence, survived as an independent city state until her conquest by the grand duke of Tuscany in the mid-1500's, at which time the coinage ended.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, this specimen 3,30 g.

Catalog reference: CNI XI, 397, 232; Strozzi-Toderi, 52; Fr-1160.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 121, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2014.

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