Naples and Sicily 1801 AP 6 tornesi
This specimen is one of a type struck for the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies 1799-1803. The SCWC notes that 240 tornesi = 6 tari = 1 piastra, where a piastra is roughly equal to a peso. This coin was worth 1/40 of a piastra. 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 very scarce in nice condition.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 18.71 g, copper, 33-35 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Gig-119, KM C96, Mont-372.
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