Naples and Sicily 1749-MMR piastra Dav-1399

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1420
Naples 1749 piastra rev JElsen 121-1420.jpg
This specimen was lot 1420 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €105 (about US$168 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, NAPLES, Charles III de Bourbon (1734-1759), AR piastre (120 grana), 1749, Droit: Ecu couronné. Revers: Dieu-fleuve allongé à droite devant le Vésuve. Beau à Très Beau. (Italy, kingdom of Naples, Charles III of Bourbon (1734-59), silver piastre of 1749.)"
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. This type of 1748-49 is fairly inexpensive.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 25.61 g, .961 fine silver, this specimen 24,70 g.

Catalog reference: P.& R., 27, KM C23a, Dav-1399.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 121, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2014.

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