Naples and Sicily (1516-27) ducat Fr-833a

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3211
This specimen was lot 3211 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €5,000 (about US$6,459 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"NEAPEL UND SIZILIEN Karl V. 1516-1556. Ducato o. J. (1516-1527), Neapel. CAROLVS RO - MANOR REX Gekröntes Brustbild l. r. im Feld die Münzmeistersignatur G (Marcello Gazella, Münzmeister in Neapel 1515-1527) //R ° ARAGO ° VTRIVSQ ° SI ° ET Gekröntes, mehrfeldiges Wappen. GOLD. RR Attraktives Exemplar, min. Schrötlingsfehler, sehr schön +. Exemplar der Auktion UBS 37, Basel 1995, Nr. 2265. (kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Charles V, 1516-56, undated ducat, Naples mint. Obverse: laureate bust to right, mint master's initial below; reverse: crowned, manifold arms. Rare, attractive, field flaws, very fine or better.)"
Carlo V, also king of Spain and emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, ruled Naples and Sicily until his abdication in 1556. The imperial crown went to the Austrian branch while the Spanish branch obtained the Hapsburg possessions in Italy, most importantly Milan and Naples.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3,47 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-833 a; Pannuti/Riccio 6 a.


  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015

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