Naples and Sicily 1765-CC R 6 ducati Fr-846
This specimen was lot 25174 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $2,937.50. The catalog description noted, "Naples & Sicily. Ferdinand IV gold 6 Ducati 1765/4 CC-R, MS65 NGC, a choice brilliant mint state coin with glowing luster and well-struck details. Very scarce in this elite quality." 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. Ferdinand IV was the third son of Charles III, king of Spain 1759-88 and the younger brother of Charles IV. This type was struck 1760-67 and is priced quite low in the SCWC. Despite the six ducati denomination, it is not a true six ducat coin, having only enough gold for about two and a half ducats.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 8.79 g, .906 fine gold, .256 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM C75, Fr-846.
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