Sicily 1798-NdOV 12 tari Dav-1424A

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Sincona sale 11, lot 1819
This specimen was lot 1819 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Neapel - Sizilien Ferdinando IV. (I.), 1759-1825. Piastra zu 12 Tari 1798, Palermo. Kl. Schrötlingsf. Sehr schön. (Naples and Sicily, Ferdinand IV, 1759-1825, piastra of twelve tari of 1798, Palermo mint. Slightly porous, very fine.)"
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. This twelve tari (= one piastra) was issued 1797-99.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 27.32 g, .833 fine silver, 38-39 mm diameter, this specimen 26.93 g.

Catalog reference: Gig-18, Varesi 603, KM C36, Davenport-1424A.


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  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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