Sicily 1735-FN 12 tari Dav-1415

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1508
This specimen was lot 1508 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 600 CHF (about US$738 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Napoli/Sicilia Carlo III. di Borbone, 1734-1759. 12 Tari 1735, Palermo. Auf die Krönung. Belorbeertes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Gekrönter Adler. Am Rande justiert. Gutes sehr schön. (Italy, Sicily, Charles III, 1734-59, twelve tari of 1735, Palermo mint. Issued for the coronation. Laureate bust to right; reverse: crowned eagle. A few adjustment marks, good very fine.)"
This type is listed for 1735 only and tho listed cheaply in low grade, the price ascends rapidly with condition. 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.95 g, .916 fine silver; this specimen is 27,08 g.

Catalog reference: Spahr 14, Slg. Spahr 688, Montenegro 135, Dav-1415, KM C13.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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