Maria Theresa, Duchess of Milan 1740-1780

Fr-733, PCGS-graded About Uncirculated Details

Obverse depicts a veiled bust of Empress facing right. On the reverse crowned coat of arms. Shallow engraving on the portrait but still an exceptional example of this scarce gold coin.

Maria Theresa was the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions. Salic law forbade her from being ruler in the Germanic lands to the west. Thus, her consort, Franz I was recognized as Emperor. Her father, Karl VI, fought the War of the Austrian Succession to ensure her transition to Empress, but it was partially ignored.