Sicily 1736 oncia Fr-887
This specimen was lot 1092 in Goldberg sale 55 (Beverly Hills, October 2009), where it sold for $1380. The catalog description noted, "Italian States - Sicily. Oncia, 1736. Carlo Di Borbone, 1734-1759. Bust right. Reverse: Phoenix. NGC graded MS-63." 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 1735-52.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.78 g, .996 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-887; KM C14a.
- 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 55: Ancient & World Coins, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2009.