Sicily 1814-VB 2 grani
This specimen was lot 39294 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Sicily. 2 Grani, 1814-VB. NGC MS-63 BN. Highest graded and the only specimen seen at the grading services. Medieval looking portrait with full details struck-up, the reverse features a gallant Pegasus galloping left with denomination below. Nothing listed in Krause above EXTREMELY-FINE for the two-year type, the survival of such a minor in this condition is simply astonishing." This was the first issue of the restored Bourbon ruler who had taken refuge in Sicily during the Napoleonic invasions. The type is listed for 1814-15. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was annexed to Italy in 1860 but remains poor, backward and corrupt.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: copper, 5.55-6.02 g, 22 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-249 (formerly KM C44); Craig-44.
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