Sicily 1556-TP 4 tari

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 1052
This specimen was lot 1052 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, SICILE, Philippe II (1556-1598), AR 4 tari, 1556TP, Messine. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Aigle éployée, t. à g. Double frappe au revers. Belle patine. Rare dans cette qualité. Superbe. (kingdom of Sicily, Philip II, 1556-98, silver four tari of 1556, Messina mint. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: eagle displayed, head to left. Double struck on reverse, nice toning, rare in this quality, Extremely Fine.)"
The portrait is of Philip II of Spain. The Spanish Hapsburgs ruled Naples and Sicily as part of their Aragonese inheritance from the death of Ferdinand the Catholic in 1517 until the death of Charles II in 1700.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 11,66 g.

Catalog reference: Spahr 12.

Source:

  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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