Naples and Sicily 1856 10 tornesi

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Heritage sale 364, lot 33323
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This specimen was lot 33323 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $228. The catalog description[1] noted, "Naples & Sicily. Ferdinando II 10 Tornesi 1856 MS63 Brown PCGS. A piece with sharp design features, leading to an appearance where devices seem to jump out slightly at the viewer. Surfaces are an enticing caramel brown, and while rims seem at first glance to have taken slight localized hits in various areas, it appears that this is in fact how the coin was struck. A sizeable flan crack is noted across the reverse, while a few smaller cracks can also be seen near the edges of the obverse. Absolutely unique, and highly appealing in this condition." This specimen is one of a type struck for the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies 1851-59. The SCWC notes that 240 tornesi = 6 tari = one piastra, where a piastra is roughly equal to a peso. This coin was worth 1/24 of a piastra; the denomination was struck 1819-59. 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 very scarce in nice condition.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 31.18 g, copper, 38 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 369.


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  • 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.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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