Sicily (1504-16) ducat Fr-659

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Aureo sale 291, lot 591
This specimen was lot 591 in Aureo sale 291 (Barcelona, April 2017), where it sold for €1,000 (about US$1,283 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Ferran II (1479-1516). Sicília. Triomf. Anv.: Rey en el trono. FERDINANDVS D G R CASTELLE. Rev.: Águila, debajo I(rectificada sobre N)-N. FERDINANDVS D G R SICILE A. La segunda N del nombre del rey en reverso rectificada sobre D. La leyenda del anverso empieza a la 1h del reloj. Rara. MBC+. (kingdom of Sicily, Ferdinand II (1479-1516), ducat. Obverse: king on throne; reverse: eagle, 'I-N' below. Obverse legend begins at 1 o'clock. Rare, choice very fine.)"
Altho Ferdinand was king of Aragon from 1479, his claim to the kingdom of Sicily was not made good until 1504, when the army of Louis XII of France was routed. Sicily remained under Spanish rule until the death of Charles II in 1700.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.48 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3,51 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-659 (listed under Palermo), Cru.V.S. 1230 var, Cru.C.G. 3138 var, MIR 237/9 var.

Source:

  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Calicó, Ferrán, Xavier Calicó and Joaquin Trigo, Monedas Españolas desde Felipe II a Isabel II, Años: 1556 a 1868, 5ª edicion, Barcelona: Gráficas Reclam, 1982.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduard Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Publica 291: Collección Egara, vol. II y Collección Verdaguer, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó, 2017.

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