Sicily 1753-PN oncia Fr-887

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30815
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30815 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $763.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Sicily. Carlo III di Spagna gold Oncia 1753 PN, Palermo mint, AU55 NGC. A little softly struck, as is typical for this type. Otherwise, this is a nice piece with just a few normal light circulation 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 1752-58 and is the last of the denomination.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.40 g, .906 fine gold, .128 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM-C14b, Fr-887.


  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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