Naples and Sicily 1816 120 grana Dav-168
This specimen was lot 4852 in Goldberg sale 74 (Los Angeles, June 2013), where it sold for $2,300 including buyer's fees. The catalog description noted, "Italian States - Naples. Piastra of 120 Grani, 1816. Ferdinand (Restored). Head right. Reverse: Crowned arms. Original mint fresh luster. NGC graded MS-62." This was the first issue of the restored Bourbon ruler who had taken refuge in Sicily during the Napoleonic invasions. Numerous varieties exist. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was annexed to Italy in 1860 but remains poor, backward and corrupt.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.53 g, .833 fine silver, .737 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Gig-75, Pagani-69b, Dav-168, KM 268 (formerly C118).
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- Gigante, Fabio, Gigante 2016: Catalogo Nazionale delle Monete Italiano Dal '700 All'Euro, 24a ed. Varese, Italy, 2015.
- Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 74: the pre-Long Beach Sale, featuring the Arden Collection, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.