Sicily 1617-IP 4 tari
This specimen was lot 1254 in Sedwick sale 9 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it sold for $218.50. The catalog description noted, "Naples, Italy (under Spain), Messina, 4 tari, Philip III, 1617. Nicely toned AXF, slightly off-center with resultantly crude peripheries and last digit of date broken but the portrait and eagle very well detailed." Naples was under Aragonese rule in the late 1400's when it passed under Hapsburg rule as part of the inheritance of Charles V. When the Hapsburg dominions were divided on his death, Naples passed to Spain and remained under her sway until the death of Charles II in 1700, whereupon, after some vicissitudes, Austria conquered it in 1707. This type is listed in the SCWC for 1609-20. Four tari was one third of a piastra.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 10.30-10.54 g, silver, this specimen 10.5 grams.
Catalog reference: Spahr-37, KM 11.
- Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2012.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.