Naples and Sicily 1796-P AP 20 grana
This specimen was lot 3395 in Goldberg sale 78 (Los Angeles, January 2014), where it sold for $399.50. The catalog description noted, "Italian States - Naples. 20 Grana, 1796-P/A P. Ferdinando IV 1st reign. Bust right. Reverse: Crown within wreath. NGC graded MS-62." 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, equal to a tari, was struck 1790-98 tho only the 1790 is scarce.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 5.54 g, .833 fine silver, .148 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-C57.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Yifu Che and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg sale 78: the pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2014.