Naples and Sicily 1734-FBA piastra Dav-1397

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UBS sale 85, lot 999
This specimen was lot 999 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 350 CHF (about US$399 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN, Napoli/Sicilia, Carlo III. di Borbone, 1734-1759. Piastra (120 Grana) 1734. Gekröntes Wappen, darunter in Kartusche die Wertangabe. Rv. Flussgott am Meeresufer, im Hintergrund Vulkan. Gutes sehr schön." (Italy, Naples and Sicily, Charles III of Bourbon, 1734-59, piastra of 120 grana. Crowned arms with denomination in cartouche beneath. Reverse: river god by the seashore with volcano in background. Good Very Fine)
This type was struck 1734-36 and 1747; a similar type (Dav-1399) was issued 1748-49. The SCWC notes that 12 carlini = 6 tari = 1 piastra, where a piastra is roughly equal to a peso. Charles II, the last Hapsburg king of Spain, was also king of Naples and Sicily. After his death the area passed out of the hands of the Spanish crown, only to be reconquered by them in the 1730's. Charles III, king of Naples and Sicily, gave up his crown to become king of Spain on the death of his half brother, Ferdinand VI, in 1759.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 25.1 g, .961 fine silver, this specimen 25,23 g.

Catalog reference: CNI XX,537,6, Dav-1397, KM C23.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.

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