Naples and Sicily 1837 10 tornesi

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Sincona sale 33, lot 2875
This specimen is one of a type struck for the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies 1831-39. The SCWC notes that 240 tornesi = 6 tari = 1 piastra, where a piastra is roughly equal to a peso. This coin was worth 1/24 of a piastra; the denomination was struck 1819-59. The Bourbon dynasty, rulers of Naples since 1735, were evicted by Napoleon to make room for his brother Joseph in 1806 but returned in 1815. This type is very scarce in nice condition. This specimen was lot 2875 in Sincona sale 33 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 375 CHF (about US$445 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIA | Napoli/Sicilia. Ferdinando II. 1830-1859 10 Tornesi 1837. Bordo liscio. BB+. Errore nel bordo. (kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Fredinand II (1830-39), ten tornesi of 1837, plain edge. Choice very fine, edge defect.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown but a rare date.

Specification: 31.18 g, copper, 38 mm diameter, this specimen 31.10 g.

Catalog reference: MIR 518/9, KM 306 (formerly C148).


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  • [1]Jürg Richter, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 33, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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