Sicily 1754-PN 2 oncie Fr-886

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 31101
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31101 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Sicily. Carlo gold 2 Oncia 1754-PN AU Details (Scratch) PCGS, Palermo mint, KM176 date unlisted. A lovely golden example with considerable detail and a few noticeable scratches." 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. The date is listed in the SCWC.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 176 (formerly C15), Fr-886.

Source:

  • 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, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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