Naples and Sicily 1855 20 grana
This specimen was lot 71113 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, February 2020), where it sold for $228. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Naples & Sicily. 20 Grana, 1855. Ferdinand II. NGC MS-65. The finest graded at NGC, with a population of 2. A boldly struck and lustrous gem quality example of the type with pleasing light toning." The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was annexed to Italy in 1860 but remains poor, backward and corrupt. This type was struck 1839-59 and is supposedly common in circulated condition.
Recorded mintage: unknown but a common date.
Specification: 4.59 g, 0.833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 332 (formerly KM-C151a).
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Fabrizi, Davide, Monete Italiane Regionale: Napoli, Pavia: Edizioni Numismatica Varesi, 2010.
- Gigante, Fabio, Gigante 2016: Catalogo Nazionale delle Monete Italiano Dal '700 All'Euro, 24a ed. Varese, Italy, 2015.
- Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The February 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.