Sicily 1793-NdOV 30 tari Dav-1422

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Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 1202
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 1202 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Sicily. 30 Tari, 1793-NdOV. Ferdinand III (1759-1816). NGC EF-45. Nicely toned with only a few scattered contact marks. Nicely struck and attractive." Charles II, the last Hapsburg king of Spain, was also king of Naples and Sicily. After his death the area passed out of the hands of the Spanish crown, only to be reconquered by them in the 1730's. Ferdinand IV was the third son of Charles III, king of Spain 1759-88 and the younger brother of Charles IV. Oncias or thirty tari were issued irregularly from Palermo in the eighteenth century. All are rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 69 g, .833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-1422; KM-227; MIR-598/1; Gig-4; Mont-231.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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