Naples 1808 120 grana Dav-165

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40634
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40634 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Naples & Sicily. 120 Grana, 1808. NGC AU-58. Dark toned, sharply struck and very attractive." This type is listed for 1806-08. The French invaded Naples and evicted Ferdinand IV, who fled to Sicily. Napoleon installed his brother Joseph as king, where he happily remained until forced by his brother to go to Spain, where he was very unpopular. As Ferdinand was protected by Admiral Nelson and the British navy, the French were unable to take Sicily.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.5 grams, .833 fine silver, .736 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Dav-165, KM C-100; Gig-3; Mont-409; MIR-43313.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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