Sicily 1815-VB 10 grani
This specimen was lot 25328 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description noted, "Sicily. Ferdinando III 10 Grani 1815-VB, MS64 Brown NGC. A slightly crude-strike on this otherwise attractive example with abundant, reddish-orange mint luster. An extremely scarce, large copper type with a premium designation. From the Gherardi Collection." 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 1814-16. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was annexed to Italy in 1860 but remains poor, backward and corrupt.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 28.5-30.6 g, copper.
Catalog reference: KM 251.
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- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.