Naples and Sicily 1767-CC R 4 ducati Fr-847

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1536
This specimen was lot 1536 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 1,600 CHF (about US$1,919 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Ferdinando IV. (I.), 1759-1825 4 Ducati 1767. Napoli. Vorzüglich-FDC. (kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Ferdinand IV, 1759-1825, four ducati of 1767, Naples mint. Extremely fine-uncirculated.)"
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, which does not mention the obvious overdate shown here. Despite the four ducati denomination, it is not a true four ducat coin, having only enough gold for about one and a half ducats.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 5.86 g, .906 fine gold, this specimen 5.86 g.

Catalog reference: MIR 360/4. Fr-847, KM C73.


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