Emilia 1860 2 lire

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CNG Lissner collection, lot 534

This specimen was lot 534 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $2,299. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY, Sardegna (Regno). Vittorio Emanuele II. As Re Eletto d’Italia, 1859-1861. AR 2 Lire. Firenze (Florence) mint; segni: Mt. Araldici/snake devouring tail. Guiseppe Ferraris, engraver. Marchese Luigi Ridolfi, director. Dated 1860 F. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Muted very lustrous surfaces with just a hint of patina. A superb type coin and very scarce. Highest graded, none higher. Purchased from Ben Adams, 1971." In 1859-61, a provisional coinage was struck in Florence for Emilia-Romagna while Italy was being unified. Issues included a fifty centesimi, a one lira, a five lire and ten and twenty lire in gold. The 1860 two lire is scarce, the 1861 is rare. The following year, Victor Emanuel was proclaimed king of a united Italy.

Recorded mintage: 558,824.

Specification: 10 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen Ø26 mm, 9.97 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 12; Pagani 436; C 86; Mont 112.


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  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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