Naples and Sicily 1852 30 ducati Fr-866

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 30233
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This specimen was lot 30233 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $5,170. The catalog description[1] noted, "Naples & Sicily. Ferdinando II gold 30 Ducati 1852 AU58 PCGS. Featuring the mature, bearded bust of Ferdinando II this broad and impressive gold coin displays luminous, golden-ochre tone that supports nearly uncirculated features. While full and original luster is present, this piece does suffer from a number of surface abrasions, as well as some rim irregularities, that ultimately hold it back from a finer grade designation; however, even at this level, this coin is still a wonderful representative from the elusive three-date series. From The Empire Collection." This type was issued 1844-54 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.

Specification: 37.87 g, .996 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 368, Fr-866.


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