Sicily: Information

Sicily (1130 - 1816)

The Kingdom of Sicily (Sicilian: Regnu di Sicilia, Latin: Regnum Siciliae, Catalan: Regne de Sicília, Spanish: Reino de Sicilia) was a state that existed in the south of Italy from its founding by Roger II in 1130 until 1816. It was a successor state of the County of Sicily, which had been founded in 1071 during the Norman conquest of southern Italy. Until 1282 the Kingdom (sometimes called the regnum Apuliae et Siciliae) covered not only the island of Sicily, but also the whole Mezzogiorno region of southern Italy and the Maltese archipelago. The island was divided into three regions: Val di Mazara, Val Demone and Val di Noto.

In 1282, a revolt against Angevin rule, known as the Sicilian Vespers, threw off Charles of Anjou's rule of the island of Sicily. The Angevins managed to maintain control in the mainland part of the kingdom, which became a separate entity also styled Kingdom of Sicily, although it is commonly referred to as the Kingdom of Naples, after its capital. The island became a separate kingdom under the Crown of Aragon. After 1302 the island kingdom was sometimes called the Kingdom of Trinacria. Often the kingship was vested in another monarch such as the King of Aragon, the King of Spain or the Holy Roman Emperor. In 1816 the island Kingdom of Sicily merged with the Kingdom of Naples to form the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. In 1861 its areas were united with the Kingdom of Italy.


The Norman kings in the 12th century used the tari, which had been used in Sicily from 913 as the basic coin. One tari weighed about one gram and was 16 1⁄3 of gold. The Arab dinar was worth four tari, and the Byzantine solidus six tari.[5] In the kingdom one onza was equivalent to thirty tari or five florins. One tari was worth twenty grani. One grana was equivalent to six denari. After 1140 the circulation of the copper coin romesina stopped and it was replaced by the follaris. Twenty four follari were equivalent to one Byzantine miliaresion.

After defeating the Tunisians in 1231 Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor minted the augustalis. It was minted in 21 1⁄2 carats and weighed 5.28 grams. In 1490 the triumphi were minted in Sicily. They were equivalent to the Venetian ducat. One triumpho was worth 11 1⁄2 aquilae. One aquila was worth twenty grani. In transactions tari and pichuli were mainly used.

Sicily: List of Rulers.
Reign / RuleFromToCoins Issued
Giacomo I (King James I), King of Aragon as James II 18 June 1291 11 December 1295
Federico III (King Frederick III or IV) 16 October 1355 27 January 1377
Queen Maria, sole reign 27 January 1377 February 1392
Queen Maria and King Martin I February 1392 25 May 1401
King Martin I, sole reign 25 May 1401 25 July 1409
King Martin II, King of Aragon as Martin I 25 July 1409 31 May 1410
Ferdinando I (King Ferdinand I), King of Aragon 3 September 1412 2 April 1416
King Alfonso I, King of Aragon as Alfonso V 2 April 1416 27 June 1458
Giovanni (King John), King of Aragon as John II 27 June 1458 20 January 1479
Ferdinando II (King Ferdinand II), King of Aragon 20 January 1479 23 January 1516
Carlo II (King Charles II), King of Spain as Charles I and Holy Roman Emperor 14 March 1516 25 July 1554
Filippo I (King Philip I), King of Spain as Philip II 25 July 1554 13 September 1598
Filippo II (King Philip II), King of Spain as Philip III 13 September 1598 31 March 1621
Filippo III (King Philip III), King of Spain as Philip IV 31 March 1621 17 September 1665
Carlo III (King Charles III), King of Spain as Charles II 17 September 1665 1 November 1700
Filippo IV (King Philip IV), King of Spain as Philip V 1 November 1700 11 April 1713
Vittorio Amedeo (King Victor Amadeus) 22 September 1713 17 February 1720
Carlo IV (King Charles IV), Archduke of Austria and Holy Roman Emperor as Charles VI 17 February 1720 18 November 1738
Carlo V (King Charles V), King of Spain as Charles III 14 May 1734 6 October 1759
Ferdinando III (King Ferdinand III) 6 October 1759 12 December 1816
King Joseph I 30 March 1806 6 June 1808
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Sicily: Details
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Neopatras, Duchy of 1319 1390
Sicily: Currencies Used
Sicilian Piastra 1607 1815