Sicily 1732-CP SM 30 tari Dav-1413

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1889
This specimen was lot 1889 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €3,800 (about US$4,909 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SIZILIEN Karl III. von Österreich, 1720-1734. Oncia (30 Tari) 1732, Palermo. RR Attraktives Exemplar mit hübscher Patina, sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of Sicily, Charles III of Austria, 1720-34, thirty tari of 1732, Palermo mint. Rare, attractive, toned, very fine to extremely fine.)"
Charles II, the last Hapsburg king of Spain, was also king of Naples and Sicily. After his death the area passed out of the hands of the Spanish crown, only to be reconquered by them in the 1730's. In the interim, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor 1711-40, was also king of Sicily 1720-34. This coin is not listed in the SCWC.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 73.75 g.

Catalog reference: Mont-01, Varesi 515 (R2); Dav-1413.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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