Naples 1731-VMA piastra Dav-1396

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 ANA sale, lot 21247
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This specimen was lot 21247 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Naples & Sicily. Piastra (120 Grana), 1731-VMA DG. Naples Mint. Carlo VI. NGC VF-30. A VERY RARE type which doesn't appear to have appeared at an American auction in recent memory. A rather well circulated but problem free example of the type. Naples and Sicily were ruled by the Spanish Habsburgs from the time of Charles I to the death of Charles II in 1700. Philip V attempted to retain the kingdom for Spain but was forced to surrender it in 1713 by the treaty of Utrecht. Naples went to Austria and Sicily went to Savoy, which traded it to Austria for Sardinia in 1720. Both were reconquered by the Spanish and given to Charles of Bourbon, Philip's younger son, in 1738. This piastra was issued by the Austrian administration in 1731 and 1733." 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. In the interim, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor 1711-40, was also king of Naples and Sicily 1720-34. Coinage for Sicily was separate from that of Naples. This type was minted in 1731 and 1733.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 25.50 g, .961 fine silver, 40 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dav-1396; KM-145.


  • 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.
  • Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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