Naples and Sicily 1793 60 grana
This specimen was lot 7883 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $2,070. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Naples and Sicily. 60 Grana, 1793. Ferdinand IV (1759-1805). RARE type in high grade. Light toning. UNCIRCULATED." This type was struck in Naples 1785-94 and despite being substantially scarcer than the larger piastra of 120 grana, is priced in the SCWC only slightly higher.
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.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.76 g, .833 fine silver, .368 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM C-61.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 152: The 2010 NYINC Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.