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Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots

Lot nuber 1119

ITALY, Firenze. Repubblica. 1189-1532. AV Fiorino d’oro (20mm, 3.56 g, 3h). Series III, Type C. Segno: pyramid of three pellets. Struck 1252-1267.


Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots
Lot: 1119.
 Estimated: $ 750

World, Gold

Sold For $ 2 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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ITALY, Firenze. Repubblica. 1189-1532. AV Fiorino d’oro (20mm, 3.56 g, 3h). Series III, Type C. Segno: pyramid of three pellets. Struck 1252-1267. + FLOR ENTIA, large ornate lily / (triple pellets) S : IOHA NNES • B •, Saint John the Baptist standing facing, holding cross-tipped scepter and raising right hand in benediction. Cf. Grierson, Coins of Medieval Europe 250 (for type, but different segno); CNI XII –; Bernocchi 81; MIR 3/3; Biaggi 785; Friedberg 275. Toned. Near EF.

From the Richard A. Jourdan Collection of Medieval European Coins, purchased from Charles H. Wolfe, III, 1998.

The Fiorino d'oro – known in English as the gold Florin – was introduced in 1252, and depicted on its obverse the lily, symbol of Florence, and on the reverse a figure of St. Johnthe Baptist. At the time, Mediterranean trade was dominated by the bezant, a colloquial name for the gold dinars of the various Islamic and Crusader states. But the Fiorino, proving to be a sound and reliable coin, soon overcame the bezants in popularity, thus becoming the first European gold trade coinage since Roman times. The type was imitated throughout Europe, with vast numbers struck not only in Florence, but in Hungary, France, and Spain as well. These early imitations generally conformed to the lily/Saint type, with later issues gradually developing more local types, while still retaining the Florentine weight standard.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots will be held Wednesday afternoon, 15 January 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.