Naples and Sicily 1839 30 ducati Fr-866

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Goldberg sale 67, lot 3659
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3659 in Goldberg sale 67 (Los Angeles, January 2012), where it sold for $6,900. The catalog description[1] noted, "Italian States - Naples. 30 Ducati, 1839. Ferdinand II, 1830-1859. Head right. Reverse: Winged genius standing at column. NGC graded AU-58." This type was issued 1839-40 for Ferdinand II. 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 but scarce.

Specification: 37.87 g, .996 fine gold, 1.212 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-866; Pagani-133; KM-C157b.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 67: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2011.

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