Naples and Sicily 1859 120 grana Dav-176
This specimen was lot 50527 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $441. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Naples & Sicily. Piastra of 120 Grana, 1859. NGC MS-61. Francesco II di Borbone. One year type." This type was issued 1859 only for Francis II. These large silver coins are priced fairly low in the SCWC but do not turn up often. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was annexed to Italy in 1860 but remains poor, backward and corrupt. After the fall of the Bourbons and the incorporation of the Two Sicilies into Italy, the Naples mint coined five lire 1862-66 (Dav-140).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.53 g, .833 fine silver, .737 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Dav-176, KM C-161; Fabrizi-537.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.