Naples and Sicily 1794 carlino
This specimen was lot 653 in Stack's Coin Galleries sale (New York, December 2009), where it sold for $80.50. The catalog description noted, "ITALIAN STATES. KINGDOM OF THE TWO SICILIES. Ferdinando IV di Borbone, First Reign. 1788-1799. Carlino, 1794 P/M/AP. Bare head r. in peruke. Rv. Cross fleury, rays, Extremely Fine." 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 was struck 1788-98 and is priced quite low in the SCWC.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 2.29 g, .833 fine silver, .061 troy oz ASW, 19 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Cr. 53, Mont-254, Gig-108.
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