Naples and Sicily 1760-CC R 6 ducati Fr-846

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Goldberg sale 89, lot 1161

This specimen was lot 1161 in Goldberg sale 89 (New York, January 2016), where it sold for $4,095. The catalog description[1] noted, "Italian States. Naples. Ferdinando IV (1759-1825). Gold 6-Ducati, 1760-CC R. Youthful bust right, FERDINAND.IV. D. G. SICILIAR. ET HIER. REX. Rev. Crowned arms, HISPANIAR. INFANS. 1760, with C/R - C. at sides of arms and D - 6 below. In NGC holder graded MS63+, needle sharp strike with semi-prooflike surfaces, has the appearance of a presentation strike with nearly flawless fields and flashy original mint lustre. Very rare two year type." Charles II, the last Hapsburg king of Spain, was also king of Naples and Sicily. After his death the area passed out of the hands of the Spanish crown, only to be reconquered by them in the 1730's. Ferdinand IV was the third son of Charles III, king of Spain 1759-88 and the younger brother of Charles IV. This type was struck 1760-67 and is priced quite low in the SCWC. Despite the six ducati denomination, it is not a true six ducat coin, having only enough gold for about two and a half ducats.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 8.79 g, .906 fine gold, .256 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: CNI vol. XX, XXI, 6; KM C75, Fr-846.


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