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Nepolian Face
Nepolian Face  

Nepolian Wreath 1860
Nepolian Wreath 1860  
My boyfriend found a Neapolitan II  1860 copper coin. One side Nepolian. The other side 1860 wreath. Has it got any value?

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Hello,
Modern coins are not my field of interest but I can give you a general answer for this one. As much as I can read from the (unclear) photos, on obverse there's the head of the Italian monarch Victor Emmanuel II ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Emmanuel_II_of_Italy ) and legend VITTORIO EMANUELE II RE (D'ITALIA?). He was King of Sardinia from 1849 until 1861, then in 1861  became the first King of the united Italy (until his death in 1878). Regarding the value, considering its damaged condition - which is not proper for a collectible modern coin - I'd say it has no significant numismatic value, sorry!

I've noticed you live in the USA, and as you said this coin was found there (in the ground?), I think it might of been brought there by some Italian immigrants, which obviously left Italy at some moment after this coin was issued. As it wasn't made of silver or gold it had no intrinsic value, but it was maybe a mmemento of the homeland...You can do some research for yourself or contact the local museums/historians which may give you a deeper insight and perhaps confirm this theory of mine.

In any case, don't try to clean the coin any farther, just leave it like it is.
Hope I was of some help.

Best regards and good luck!

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I can answer questions regarding certain Eastern European medieval coins, especially coins issued in Wallachia / Walachei/ Transalpina / Tara Romaneasca, Moldavia / Moldawien / Moldau / Moldova, Transylvania / Siebenbürgen / Transilvania for which I can usually make rough estimates of value based on past public sales. Medieval coinage of Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary is also a field of interest but I usually can provide only identification, not evaluation, because of insufficient bibliography. Questions about coins of the Ottoman Empire and of the Golden Horde might get answer if you allow double of the usual time of 2 days. I cannot answer questions about medieval coins of Western European states or any Russian coins except Sadagura issues (1771-1774), nor questions about ancient or modern coins. NOTE: I will need to see at least a decent picture or a scan of any specific coin you ask about (with both sides, obverse and reverse). Please do not ask what a coin is worth without sending clear images of it along with your question.

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Over 20 years of coin collecting as a hobby (ended, switching to study of other public and private collections), access to good numismatic libraries and various online and offline resources.

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Member of Romanian Numismatic Society.

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Cercetari Numismatice (Bucuresti)/ Numismatic Research (Bucharest).

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Biochemistry graduate, History undergraduate.

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