Emilia 1860 lira

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CNG Lissner collection, lot 533

This specimen was lot 533 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,089. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY, Sardegna (Regno). Vittorio Emanuele II. As Re Eletto d’Italia, 1859-1861. AR Lira. Firenze (Florence) mint; segni: Mt. Araldici/hand holding scepter. Luigi Gori, engraver. Marchese Luigi Ridolfi, director. Dated 1860. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Toned lightly over lustrous white silver. Nicest we have ever seen for type. Very seldom offered on this side of the Atlantic. Purchased from Maison Platt." In 1859-61, a provisional coinage was struck in Florence for Emilia-Romagna while Italy was being unified. Issues included a fifty centesimi, a two lire, a five lire and ten and twenty lire in gold. The following year, Victor Emanuel was proclaimed king of a united Italy.

Recorded mintage: 1,654,981.

Specification: 5 g, .900 fine silver, .144 troy oz AGW, 23 mm diameter, this specimen Ø22 mm, 4.98 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 9; C 85.1; Mont 115.


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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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