Naples and Sicily 1826 20 grana
This specimen was lot 5024 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $948.75. The catalog description  noted, "Italian States - Naples. 20 Grana (Tari), 1826. Francesco I. Head right. Reverse: Crowned shield. One year type. NGC graded MS-63." 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 twenty grana was one-sixth of a piastra.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 4.59 g, .833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-C135; Pagani-116 (R).
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- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.
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