Naples and Sicily 1838 120 grana Dav-173

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Sincona sale 11, lot 1839
This specimen was lot 1839 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 1,000 CHF (about US$1,238 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Neapel - Sizilien Ferdinando II. 1830-1859. Piastra zu 120 Grani 1838. FDC. (kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Ferdinand II, 1830-59, piastra of 120 grani of 1838. Uncirculated.)"
The Bourbons of Naples were generally despised and ridiculed as incompetent. There was discussion at the Congress of Vienna of allowing Joachim Murat to keep the throne but when he threw in his lot with Napoleon during the Hundred Days, he was captured and shot. After the collapse of Napoleon, king Ferdinand was restored in 1815. The Bourbons would rule until 1860.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.53 g, .833 fine silver, this specimen 27.50 g.

Catalog reference: Pag-198a, KM 325, Davenport-173.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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