||Florence. Republic Florin ND (1252-60), Fr-275, MIR-3/5, Biaggi-785, AU55 NGC. Obv. + FLOR | ENTIA, Florentine lily. Rev.? o | ? S ? IOHA | NNES ? B ?, St. John standing facing, right hand raised, a scepter in his left. This example is classified as a subtype of the third series of florins issued by the Florentine Republic, identified primarily by the annulet at the beginning of the reverse legend. Following the 4th series ending in 1303, these florins are easily dated to a semester of a given year by mintmaster's marks. The earlier types, such as this example, are dated to a range of years by minor differences in style and the occasional differentiating mark, such as the aforementioned annulet. This piece is well-struck on a broad planchet with no noteworthy flaws. The devices remain sharp and there is considerable remaining luster.
Realized $3,525.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.