Emilia 1860-B 10 lire Fr-257

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Sincona sale 5, lot 12
Sincona sale 38, lot 1479
The first specimen was lot 12 in Sincona sale 5 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 10,500 CHF (about US$12,920 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Königreich Victor Emanuel II. 1859-1861-1878. 10 Lire 1860, Bologna, für die Provinzen in Emilia. Av. VITTORIO – EMANUELE II Bärtiger Kopf des Königs nach links, unten 1860. Rv. REGIE PROVINCIE DELL‘ EMILIA Wertangabe in einem Lorbeerkranz, darunter das Münzzeichen „B“ für Bologna. Sehr selten, nur 1145 Exemplare geprägt. Vorzüglich. (Italy, kingdom of Sardinia, Victor Emanuel II, 1849-78, ten lire of 1860, Bologna mint, for the province of Emilia. Obverse: bearded head of the king to left, date below; reverse: denomination in laurel wreath, "B" (for Bologna) below. Very rare, extremely fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 1479 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 4,500 CHF (about US$5,397 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Vittorio Emanuele II. 1859-1878 10 Lire 1860 B. Bologna Prägung für die Provinzen der Emilia Romagna. Sehr selten. Nur 1145 Exemplare geprägt. Sehr schön. (kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanuel II, 1859-78, ten lire of 1860, Bologna mint, struck for Emilia-Romagna. Very rare. Only 1145 pieces struck, Very fine.)"
This rare coin is a transitional issue as Italy was unified under the rule of the king of Sardinia, Victor Emanuel. By the end of 1860, all of Italy was under his sway except for the Papal States (annexed 1870) and Venetia (annexed 1866). Bologna was formerly a branch mint for the pope and Emilia is the portion of the Papal States directly east of Modena. As Emilia never really had an independent existence, we have filed this under Sardinia and the Papal States altho it is neither.

Recorded mintage: 1,145.

Specification: 3.22 g, .900 fine gold; the first specimen is 3,20 g, the second specimen 3.21 g.

Catalog reference: Nomisma 822. Pagani 431. Schlumberger 315. Friedberg 257, KM 14 (formerly KM C5).


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  • Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
  • [2]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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