Naples and Sicily 1839 10 tornesi KM-331

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21414
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen is one of a type struck for the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies 1839-51. The SCWC notes that 240 tornesi = 6 tari = 1 piastra, where a piastra is roughly equal to a peso. This coin was worth 1/24 of a piastra; the denomination was struck 1819-59. The Bourbon dynasty, rulers of Naples since 1735, were evicted by Napoleon to make room for his brother Joseph in 1806 but returned in 1815. This specimen was lot 21414 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Naples & Sicily. Ferdinand II 10 Tornesi 1839, MS62 BN PCGS, second type with smaller bust, lovely glossy sheen to the surfaces with traces of mint red in the legends. Rare and highly attractive type in this superior condition."

Recorded mintage: unknown but a common date.

Specification: 31.18 g, copper, 38 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 331 (formerly C148a).


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  • Gigante, Fabio, Gigante 2016: Catalogo Nazionale delle Monete Italiano Dal '700 All'Euro, 24a ed. Varese, Italy, 2015.
  • Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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