Naples and Sicily 1826 3 ducati Fr-865
This specimen was lot 3084 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Naples & Sicily. 3 Ducati, 1826. PCGS MS-62 Secure Holder. RARE one year type. Only minimal contact marks or signs of handling when scrutinized under magnification, some light adjustment marks are present in center of reverse as well. Lightly toned with nearly full glowing luster throughout." This type was issued for Francis I (1825-30). These 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: 3.787 g, .996 fine gold, 18.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-865; KM-301; Gig-5; Mont-635; MIR-475.
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