Sicily 1742 oncia Fr-887

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Sincona sale 4, lot 4994
This specimen was lot 4994 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011), where it sold for 250 CHF (about US$333 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Napoli/Sicilia Carlo, 1734-1759. Oncia 1742. Kop nach rechts. Rv. Auffliegender Adler über der Jahreszahl. Justiert. Sehr schön. (Naples and Sicily, Charles, 1734-59, oncia of 1742. Reverse: flying eagle above the date. Adjustment marks, very fine.)"
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, this specimen 3,66 g.

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.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.

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