Naples and Sicily 1735-FBA piastra Dav-1397
This specimen was lot 5012 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $1840. The catalog description  noted, "Italian States - Naples. Piastra, 1735. Charles of Bourbon, 1735-1759. Crowned arms. Reverse: River god with volcano behind. Light gray toning with considerable amount of original mint luster. Very difficult to locate this nice and thus rare. NGC graded MS-62." 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 but not rare.
Specification: 25.1 g, .961 fine silver.
Catalog reference: 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.