Naples and Sicily 1813 40 lire
This coin was minted in Naples, Italy, in 1813 only, during the French occupation. Joachim Murat, whose portrait appears herein, was allowed to keep his throne after the abdication of Napoleon in 1814. When he joined Napoleon in his second bid for power during the Hundred Days, he was captured and shot and his kingdom returned to Bourbon misrule. This specimen was lot 573 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $9,200. The catalog description noted, "1813 40 lire. MS-63 (NGC). Napoleonic Dynasty. Head of Gioacchino Napoleone to left, date below, legends around/value in wreath, legends around. Highly lustrous yellow gold with reflective fields. Frosty and bright, some minor hairlines, bold detail."
Recorded mintage: 24,000.
Specification: 12.90 g, .900 fine gold, .373 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 12.85 grams, 27.10 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM C113, Fr-859, Pagani-55b.
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