Naples

Ferdinand II, King of the Two Sicilies 1830-1859

Fr-869, PCGS-graded MS-64

The obverse depicts plain head right. The reverse has a standing figure of the Bourbon Genius, crown on column at left, oval shield on right. Choice, with lovely gold color.

Ferdinand II was King of the Two Sicilies from 1830 until his early death in 1859. The early years of his reign were comparatively peaceful, however in 1837 he violently suppressed Sicilian demonstrators demanding a constitution and maintained strict police surveillance in his domains. Then several revolts started to against Bourbon rule, until on 12 January 1848 a rising in Palermo spread throughout the island and served as a spark for the Revolutions of 1848 all over Europe.