Emilia 1859-B 50 centesimi
This specimen was lot 532 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $2,299. The catalog description noted, "ITALY, Sardegna (Regno). Vittorio Emanuele II. As Re Eletto d’Italia, 1859-1861. AR 50 Centesimi. Bologna mint. Guiseppe Ferraris, engraver. Dated 1859 F B. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Superb prooflike brilliant uncirculated gem. Just a hint of color. Finest graded specimen. A real jewel of a coin. Purchased from Frank Lapa, January 1969." In 1859-61, a provisional coinage was struck in Florence for Emilia-Romagna while Italy was being unified. Issues included a one lira, a five lire and ten and twenty lire in gold. The following year, Victor Emanuel was proclaimed king of a united Italy.
Recorded mintage: 179,012.
Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, .0723 troy oz ASW, this specimen Ø18 mm, 2.52 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 7; C 1; Mont 111.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.