Naples and Sicily 1771-BP CCR 6 ducati

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photo courtesy Soler y Llach

This six ducati gold coin was lot 414 in a recent Soler y Llach sale (Barcelona, January 2010). 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 1768-81 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 C76.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.

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