Sicily 1758-PN oncia Fr-887

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 33810
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 33810 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $705. The catalog description[1] noted, "Sicily. Carlo gold Oncia 1758-PN AU58 NGC. Right on the cusp of Uncirculated with sparkling original golden luster. An enchanting representation of the type and worthy of a premium bid." 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 190 (formerly KM-C14b), Fr-887.

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]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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