Sicily 1734 oncia Fr-885
This specimen was lot 25028 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description noted, "Sicily. Charles III (VI of Austria) gold Oncia 1734, MS63 NGC, a fully original example with soft patina and abundant mint luster, mild adjustment marks. Very scarce type and grade." Sicily, having been Spanish for several centuries, fell to Sardinian rule in 1714 as part of the partition which ended the War of the Spanish Succession. King Philip V's second wife was Italian and was anxious to carve out territories for her son Carlos, who was not expected to inherit the throne of Spain. Accordingly, a Spanish army was sent to Italy and after various adventures, managed to conquer Sicily in 1720 and Naples in 1734. Carlos ruled the area as "Carlo di Borbone" until he inherited the throne of Spain on the death of his half brother Fernando in 1759. This coin type was struck 1733-34.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 4.40 g, .906 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-885.
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- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.