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    Zara (Zadar). Siege Issue 18 Francs-40 Centimes (4 oz) 1813 AU58 PCGS, Small stamp variety, SB, MF, SP stamped into edge, KM4, VG-2318, Pagani-540 (R4), Herinek-1214, Dav-47. An absolutely stunning example of this large siege issue produced by the French occupying Zara while under siege by Austrian forces. The stamps are evenly and deeply applied and the surfaces appear essentially as made, with the addition of some light argent tone. Bulges exist on the flan where the three sets of initials were impressed into the edge. Overall, a spectacular example of this type, less commonly seen than the variety with the large stamp, and a true prize for the connoisseur of siege coinage.

    Located on the Dalmatian coast in modern-day Croatia, Zara (Zadar) changed hands several times throughout the course of the Napoleonic Wars. It was first ceded to Austria after the dissolution of the Venetian Republic in 1797, only to be added to the Kingdom of Napoleon in Italy in 1806 and then made part of the French Illyrian Provinces in 1809. When Napoleon's successes began to be reversed in Europe, the Austrians seized an opportunity and laid siege to the city on November 1st of 1813. The French capitulated after 34 days on December 5th and Zara would remain a part of the Austrian Empire until its cessation to the Kingdom of Italy in 1920.
    From the Cape Coral Collection of Multiple Talers


    Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000.

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