Naples 1810 3 grana
This specimen was lot 1173 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Naples & Sicily. 3 Grana, 1810. NGC MS-62 BN. RARE. Restrike in bronze. An intriguing and seldom seen piece. Minor die crack along the neck of the bust. Sharply struck with lovely mahogany surfaces and traces of mint red." After the collapse of the Parthenopean Republic in 1799, king Ferdinand was restored. French troops returned in 1805 and Napoleon's brother Joseph was installed as king (see Dav-165). In 1808, he was called away to be king of Spain and one of Napoleon's generals, Joachim Murat, assumed the throne. This restrike doesn't match either three grana actually struck in 1810 (KM 253 or 254) and was likely made after the Naples mint fell to the government of the unified Italy.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 18.71 g, copper, 31 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Pagani-762, similar to KM 254.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.