Year 1825 - For the Death of King Ferdinand I of Bourbon, bronze - 58.8 mm - 96.32 g. C - Opus: Vincenzo Catenacci - D'Auria n. 143 - Ricciardi n. 129. Minted in Naples. Obverse: FERDINANDUS I REGNI UTRIUSQUE SICILIAE REX. King's head facing right. In exergue: DECESSIT PRIDIE NON.IAN./MDCCCXXV. At the bottom: R. M.P. ("Monetae Praefectus"). Reverse: PIO IN HAEREDE SUPERSTES. Religion standing at the sarcophagus, above which the Royal Crown is placed, and on the front of which there is the temple of Saint Francesco di Paola. Next to this is the figure of woman and children crying. On the sarcophagus: D. O.M. / D. FRANC.DE PAVLA/FERD. I EX VOTO. In exergue: MORTE PRAEREPTUS/AEDE VOTIVA NON ABSOLUTA (Votive seat not absolved for death). At the bottom: REGA INV. CATENACCI F. Ferdinand I of Bourbon died on 4 January 1825, at the age of 73 and after 65 years and 90 days reign. He was buried in the Basilica di Santa Chiara, the official burial ground of the Bourbons of the Two Sicilies. History of the Kingdom of Naples by Pietro Colletta (1848): "The hand-written will of the deceased king, made in 1822, extended two months before dying, confirmed the successions to the throne established by his parent Carlo III; he named the Duke of Calabria, Francesco, heir to the kingdom; he extended his wealth to the other son, gifts to his wife Floridia; he compensated family members; he gave large amounts to the church to celebrate Mass, he requested his son to continue giving the alms he gave. And thus twenty-four thousand Ducats were given to charity each year. N.B.: Of the obverse of this medal, with some modifications, two large bronze reproductions measuring over 60 cm in diameter were made to use as decorations, in the vault keys for each of the two arches right in the middle that end the concave part of the elliptical portico of San Francesco di Paolo. These large medals can still be seen today. Description of engraver: Vincenzo Catenacci, born in 1786 in Naples. He started his career as an engraver under the guidance of Filippo Rega, who recognised his talent immediately. From 1808, or maybe before, during the Napoleonic period, Catenacci carried out works in the Mint without signing them, but it was from 1824 that he started putting his signature on his works. In 1829 he was promoted to chief engraver of obverses in the Council of Engraving of the Naples Mint. In 1833, when Rega died, Catenacci replaced him, becoming Director of the Council of Engraving of the Mint. He was the engraver of a great number of medals.
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