Naples and Sicily 1795-P AP 120 grana Dav-1409

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Jean Elsen sale 118, lot 1224
Naples 1795 piastra rev JElsen 118-1224.jpg
This specimen was lot 1224 in Jean Elsen sale 118 (Brussels, September 2013), where it sold for €130 (about US$205 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
" ITALIE, NAPLES, Ferdinand IV, 1er règne (1759-1799), AR piastre (120 grana), 1795, Droit: Tête à droite, les cheveux longs. Revers: Armoiries. Très Beau (Italy, Naples, Ferdinand IV, first reign (1759-99), silver piastra of 120 grana of 1795. Obverse: head to right with long hair; reverse: arms.)"
This piastra of 120 grana was minted in Naples 1795-98, just prior to the invasion and occupation of the kingdom by the French. 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.26 g, .833 fine silver, .733 troy oz ASW, this specimen 27,41g.

Catalog reference: P.& R-61; Dav-1409, KM C66b, Gig-60.


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