Naples 1805-LD 120 grana
This specimen is one of a type struck for the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies 1831-39. The SCWC notes that 240 tornesi = 6 tari = 1 piastra, where a piastra is roughly equal to a peso. This coin was worth one piastra; the denomination was struck until 1859 but this issue was not valid in Sicily. 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 1767 in Stack's Coin Galleries sale (Irvine, July 2011).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.5 g, .833 fine silver, .736 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Gig-71b, KM C99.2, Dav-162.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Fabrizi, Davide, Monete Italiane Regionale: Napoli, Pavia: Edizioni Numismatica Varesi, 2010.
- 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.
- Van Valen, Frank, and Vicken Yegparian, The July 2011 Coin Galleries Sale, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers Galleries, 2011.