Naples: Coins Issued and Used

Showing only circulating coin types (regular coinage plus circulating commemoratives).

Naples (1282 - 1816)
Information about what currencies were issued by Naples, with lists of coinage, as well as periods when foreign-issued currencies were used.
Currency: Neapolitan Piastra. Used in Naples: (1735 - 1812)
CurrencyNeapolitan Piastra
PeriodNeapolitan Piastra
Used1735 - 1812

The piastra was the most common silver coin of the mainland Kingdom of Sicily, also known as the Kingdom of Naples. In order to distinguish it from the piastra issued on the island of Sicily, it is referred to as the "Neapolitan piastra" as opposed to the "Sicilian piastra". These two piastra were equal but were subdivided differently. The Neapolitan piastra was divided into 120 grana (singular: grano), each of 2 tornesi (singular: tornese) or 12 cavalli (singular: cavallo). There were also the carlino worth 10 grana and the ducato worth 100 grana.

In 1812, the Neapolitan lira was introduced by the occupying French in an attempt to decimalize the Neapolitan currency units. However the attempt failed and the decimalization was limited to changing the value of the cavallo to one tenth of a grano. After restoration of Bourbon control, a single currency was issued for the whole of the Two Sicilies, see Two Sicilies piastra. This new piastra was subdivided in the same way as the Neapolitan piastra.

2 products (1648 - 1791)
Product NameMintage
Three Tornesi 1648 unknown
One Grano 1791 unknown
Currency: Neapolitan Lira. Used in Naples: (1812 - 1813)
CurrencyNeapolitan Lira
PeriodNeapolitan Lira
Used1812 - 1813

The lira was the currency of the mainland part of the Kingdom of the Sicily, known as the Kingdom of Naples, between 1812 and 1813. The currency was issued by Joachim Murat, who claimed the title of "King of the Two Sicilies" but only controlled the mainland part of the kingdom. Consequently, the currency is referred to as the "Neapolitan lira". It was subdivided into 100 centesimi (singular: centesimo) and was equal to the Italian lira and French franc. It replaced the piastra, which circulated again following the restoration of Bourbon rule.

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