Naples and Sicily 1857 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 1/120 of a piastra; the denomination was struck 1825-59. 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 scarce in nice condition. This specimen was lot 1312 in Stephen Album sale 30 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2018), where it sold for $164.50. The catalog description noted, "NAPLES & SICILY: Ferdinando II, 1830-1859, AE ½ tornese, 1857, lovely chocolate brown iridescent luster, NGC graded MS65 BR."
Recorded mintage: unknown but a common date.
Specification: 6.24 g, copper, 24.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Cr-145b, KM 374.
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