Sicily 1734 oncia Fr-887

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Sincona sale 54, lot 637
This specimen was lot 637 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$357 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Carlo di Borbone, 1734-1759. Oncia 1734, Palermo. Gutes sehr schön. Justierspuren. (kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Charles of Bourbon, 1734-59, oncia of 1734, Palermo mint. Good very fine, Adjustment marks.)"
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 1734-35.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 4.40 g, .906 fine gold, this specimen 4.41 g.

Catalog reference: KM 140 (listed under Sicily), Fr-887, MIR 547/1.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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