Naples and Sicily 1791-DP AP M piastra Dav-1407
This specimen was lot 39285 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $1,057.50. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Naples & Sicily. Piastra of 120 Grana, 1791-DP AP, M. PCGS VF-30 Secure Holder. Commemorative coinage struck to recognize the return of the king and queen from Austria. Accolated busts. Reverse features an erupting Mount Vesuvius in the distance. An always in demand world crown with a neat motif. Fully problem-free with light tone and without any marks, stains or adjustment marks." This specimen of a one year type sold for seven times the catalog value. The SCWC notes that 12 carlini = 6 tari = 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 1791 only.
Recorded mintage: 9,476.
Specification: 27.53 g, .833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Gig-58, Dav-1407; KM 212 (formerly KM C67).
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