Naples and Sicily 1789-CC grano
This specimen was lot 3994 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,086.88. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Naples & Sicily. 12 Cavalli (Grano), 1789 CC. NGC MS-64 RB ULTRA CAMEO. Good strike with a fair amount of mint red." The SCWC notes that 120 grani = one 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. Ferdinand IV was the third son of Charles III, king of Spain 1759-88 and the younger brother of Charles IV. This type is listed for 1788-1800. Numerous varieties exist.
Specification: 6.3 g, copper, 25.5 mm diameter.
Recorded Mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-205; Mont-284, Gig-138.
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