Naples and Sicily 1791-P-AP M piastra Dav-1408
This specimen was lot 50524 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $753. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Naples & Sicily. Piastra of 120 Grana, 1791-P-AP M. NGC XF-40. Ferdinando IV (1759-99). Two small edge bumps on reverse." The SCWC notes that 12 carlini = 6 tari = 1 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: unknown but not rare.
Specification: 27.26 g, .833 fine silver, .733 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Dav-1408; C-68; Mont-217; Gig-59.
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- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.