Parma 1830 3 centesimi
This specimen was lot 4007 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $969.38. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Parma. 3 Centesimi, 1830. NGC MS-64 BN. RARE type. Sharply struck." The Duchy of Parma was a small state bordering on the Duchy of Milan. It fell to the Spanish Hapsburgs in the 1500's and to the Austrian Hapsburgs in 1714 and was occupied by Napoleon in 1796. After his fall, it was granted to his wife, Maria Louisa of Austria, and was held by her until her death in 1847. It then passed to the Bourbons who ruled in Naples and then to the king of Italy in 1860. It has been part of Italy since. The Duchess issued a series of coins from a copper centesimo to a gold forty lire, of which this specimen, a copper three centesimi, was a part. All were struck to French standards.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-C24; Gig-15; Mont-125.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.