Italy Naples and Sicily 1 Grano 1788 to 1800
You are correct, John. It's from Sicily. Actually Ferdinando was king of Naples and Sicily between 1759 and 1805. Their monetary system was somewhat complicated, with 6 cavalli in 1 tornese, 240 tornese in 1 Piastra, and several sub-denominations as well. There are 12 cavalli in 1 grano, your coin.
For most dates, worn coins are worth very little. Here are some typical catalog values:
ONE (VN) GRANO 1788 TO 1793:
worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $16
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $400
But dates after 1793 start to pick up respectable values:
ONE (VN) GRANO 1797 TO 1800:
worn: $12 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $1000
fully uncirculated: $3000
coins dated 1797 are worth a little less than these figures
coins dated 1800 are worth a little more than these figures
Be sure to check the Important Terminology page for proper interpretation of the catalog values on this page.
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Requested by: john love, Thu, 10-Oct-2013 21:28:18 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 11-Oct-2013 00:50:58 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 27-Sep-2015 03:24:45 GMT
Requester description: 1798 Obverse: Profile bust (nearly obliterated), surrounded on coin circumference by inscription: Ferdinan . IV . Siciliar . Rex Reverse: Laurel wreath (?) on circumference with 5 lines of text inside: VN / GRANO / CAVALLI / A.12.P / 1798 Coin is VERY worn but readable; face is in worst shape; still, it is old and identifiable. Pretty sure it is copper and suspect is Sicilian (what is a Cavalli?) Working my way thru shoebox of old coins AI inherited; LOVE YOUR SITE!!!
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