Naples and Sicily 1826 10 grana
This specimen was lot 4435 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $587.50. The catalog description noted, "Italian States: Naples. 10 Grana, 1826. Ferdinando I. One year type. Attractively toned original example. PCGS graded MS-64." This type, struck 1826, is the only twenty grana of this ruler, described in Davenport as "An unbridled libertine, he instituted a reign distinguished as one of the most corrupt in modern times. He died, ungrieved, in 1830." The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was annexed to Italy in 1860 but remains poor, backward and corrupt. The ten grana was one-twelfth of a piastra.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 2.29 g, .833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Pagani-117; KM-298, Mont-651.
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- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.
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