Naples and Sicily 1849 1-1/2 tornesi
This specimen is one of a type struck for the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies 1832-47. The SCWC notes that 240 tornesi = 6 tari = 1 piastra, where a piastra is roughly equal to a peso. This coin was worth 1/160 of a piastra; the denomination was struck 1832-54 and this is the first year of the type. 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 scarce in nice condition. This specimen was lot 43366 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $408. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Naples & Sicily. 1-1/2 Tornesi, 1849. PCGS MS-64 BN Gold Shield. Lustrous with instances of faded red color appearing over both sides."
Recorded mintage: unknown but a common date.
Specification: 4.68 g, 21.5 mm, copper.
Catalog reference: KM-365; Gig-274; Mont-1156.
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- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.