Albania 1926-R 2 franga ari
This specimen was lot 6001 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $822.50. The catalog description noted, "ALBANIA. 2 Franga Ari, 1926-R. NGC MS-63. Sower walking right. Issued under King Zog while president prior to his self-coronation as king of Albania several years later. Designed by Giuseppe Romagnoli at the Rome mint. An all white masterpiece of coinage art, with the deep concave fields launching luminescent luster in every direction. Extremely conservatively graded, it is difficult to imagine a nicer example at this grade level." This type was struck for the republic of Albania in 1926-28 when president Ahmet Zogu, with the help of Italy, attempted to bring financial stability to a war-torn country. Mussolini invaded and occupied the country in 1939.
Recorded mintage: 50,000.
Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, 27 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-7; Mont-44.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.