Two Sicilies ducat

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Two Sicilies ducat
Ducato (Italian)
Two Sicilies 1849 coin - half tornese (reverse).jpg Ferdinand II coin.JPG
Half tornesel 120 grana by Ferdinand II
User(s) Flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1816).svg Two Sicilies
Subunit
 1/100 grana
 1/200 tornesel
Coins ½, 1, 1½, 2, 3, 5, 10 tornesels
G.5, G.10, G.20, G.60, G.120
 Rarely used D.3, D.6, D.15, D.30
Mint Naples Mint
Palermo Mint[1]
This infobox shows the latest status before this currency was rendered obsolete.

The ducat was the main currency of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies between 1816 and 1860. When the Congress of Vienna created the kingdom merging the Kingdom of Naples and the Kingdom of Sicily, the ducat became at par a continuation of the Neapolitan ducat and the Sicilian piastra issued prior to 1816, although the Sicilian piastra had been subdivided into 240 grana. In the mainland part of the kingdom, the ducat also replaced the Napoleonic lira.

The subdivision and the coinage of the currency was simplified respect to the pre-Napoleonic era: only three denominations survived. The ducat proper was the name of the gold coins, and curiously it did not exist as a single unit; the grana (singular: grano) was the name of the silver coins, itself too not existing as a single unit; the tornesel (Italian: tornese) was the name of the copper coins. Accounts were kept in ducats, each of 100 grana or 200 tornesels.[2]

The piastra was the unofficial name of the biggest silver coin, which had a value of 120 grana. When the Italian lira replaced the coinage of the House of Bourbon in 1861, a rate of 1 piastra = 5.1 lire was established.

Coins[edit]

Copper coins were issued in denominations of ½, 1, 1½, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 tornesels, together with silver 5, 10, 20, 60 and 120 grana coins, the largest being unofficially called piastra. Gold coins were issued for 3, 6, 15 and 30 ducats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rarely
  2. ^ [1] A Handbook for Travellers in Southern Italy (1868)