Sicily 1791-GLCI oncia Dav-1420

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40649
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40649 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Sicily. Oncia of 30 Tari, 1791-GLCI. NGC AU Details--Edge Damage. Ferdinand III (1759-1825). RARE. Dark toned. A few edge bumps. Demarete Collection." This large denomination was not regularly issued and all the recorded dates (Dav-1413, -1414, -1416, -1420 and -1422) are rare. Its face value was thirty tari when a regular piastra was worth twelve tari.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 69 g, .833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-1420; C-37a; MIR-597; Saphr-2; Gig-230; Mont-3.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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