Tuscany 1584 piastra Dav-8386

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Jean Elsen sale 131, lot 979
This specimen was lot 979 in Jean Elsen sale 131 (Brussels, December 2016), where it sold for €120 (about US$151 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, TOSCANE, François Ier de Médicis (1574-1587), AR piastre, 1584, Florence. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Saint Jean-Baptiste deb. de f., t. à d., levant la main et ten. une croix. Rare Traces de monture. Beau. (grand duchy of Tuscany, Francis I de Medici (1574-87), silver piastra of 1584, Florence mint. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: St. John the Baptist strides forward, head to right, raising one hand and bearing a cross. Trace of mounting, fine.)"
After the Florentine republic collapsed, it was reconstituted as the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, ruled by the Medicis until 1723. The type is listed in Davenport for 1577-85. Like most Italian crowns of the sixteenth century, it is rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: silver, this specimen 27,50 g.

Catalog reference: Galeotti VIII, 26; Dav-8386.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 131, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2016.

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