Naples and Sicily 1826 30 ducati Fr-862
This specimen was lot 31215 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $18,800. The catalog description noted, "Naples & Sicily. Francesco I gold 30 Ducati 1826 MS63 NGC. A fantastic two-year type with the most beautiful golden tone. This immense specimen delivers fully rendered details, with particular attention drawn to the stylistic border surrounding the edge. The surfaces contain ample mint luster that blooms upon rotation while the fields are nearly pristine with only a few negligible ticks. A coin that is scarce in any designation, but especially rare at this level of mint state. At present time, this example is the finest-known certified specimen for the issue and absolutely worthy of its assigned grade. From The Alexander Collection." This type was issued 1825-26 for Francis I (1825-30). These large gold coins were issued intermittently until 1856 and all are rare. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was annexed to Italy in 1860 but remains poor, backward and corrupt.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 37.87 g, .996 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 296, Fr-862.
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