Naples 1733-VMA DCG 60 grana

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Künker sale 293, lot 2039
This specimen was lot 2039 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €2,000 (about US$2,696 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN, NEAPEL UND SIZILIEN, Karl VI. von Österreich (Karl III. von Spanien), 1707-1734. 1/2 Piastra (60 Grana) 1733, Neapel. Selten in dieser Erhaltung. Prachtexemplar. Herrliche Patina, fast Stempelglanz. (kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Charles VI of Austria, 1707-34, half piastra of 1733, Naples mint. Scarce in this quality, prooflike, hansome patina, about uncirculated.)"
The SCWC notes that 12 carlini = 6 tari = 1 piastra, where a piastra is roughly equal to a peso. 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. The Austrians ruled Naples 1707-34 while Sicily was temporarily a possession of the duke of Savoy. Both were reconquered by the Spanish in the 1730's. The SCWC does not list any coins from this period.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Pannuti/Riccio 8.

Source:

  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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