Naples and Sicily (1504) ducat Fr-827

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Goldberg sale 59, lot 3245
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
This specimen was lot 3245 in Goldberg sale 59 (Beverly Hills, June 2010), where it sold for $20,700. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Naples. Ducat, ND. Ferdinando and Isabela, 1504. Isabella died 1504. Obv. Crowned busts facing each other, within beaded border. Leg:+ QVOS DEVS CONIVNGIT.OMO.NON SEP Reverse Crowned arms flanked by I-T. Leg: FERNANDVS.ET.ELISAB.D:G One year type, Very Rare. NGC graded MS-61. The French rule of Naples lasted just a few years. Ferdinand and Isabella, in alliance with Emperor Maximilian I, retook Naples. He appears here with Isabella. She died later in the same year, so almost no coins of Naples with both their portraits were struck. A great rarity."

This specimen was previously offered as lot 4113 in Goldberg sale 41 (Beverly Hills, May 2007), where it did not sell.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3.40 grams, 22.15 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-827; CNI-XIX,Pl. XII,2.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Ira & Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 59: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills, 2010.

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