Naples and Sicily 1747-MMR piastra Dav-1398

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Sincona sale 9, lot 4579
This specimen was lot 4579 in Sincona sale 9 (Zurich, October 2012), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$253 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Napoli/Sicilia Carlo di Borbone, 1734-1759. Piastra 1747. Geburt des Prinzen Philipp. Fast sehr schön. (Italy, Naples and Sicily, Charles of Bourbon, 1734-59, piastra of 1747, on the birth of prince Philip, nice very fine.)"
This type was struck 1747 only. 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: 25.10 g, .961 fine silver, this specimen is 25.01 g.

Catalog reference: CNI XX,543,39 ff, Dav-1398, KM C24.

Source:

  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 9, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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