Genoa 1758 50 lire

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 21236
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This specimen was lot 21236 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Genoa. Biennial Doges, 1528-1797. 50 Lire, 1758. NGC AU-53. Griffins support crowned City Arms, 'DUX. ET. GUB. REIP. GENU.'; Reverse: Madonna and Child in clouds, 'ET. REGE. EOS.', (And [a Little Child] shall rule them). The first year of this notably elusive issue, displaying splendid gold surfaces that possess charming color and minimal handling for the grade. RARELY offered as a date, the last sold example (seemingly in low UNC quality) appearing in a May 2016 Sincona auction where it brought 36,000 CHF hammer (approximately $36,000 at the time)." Genoa was occupied by Napoleon in 1798 and made into the puppet Ligurian Republic. Genoa never recovered her independence; in 1815 she was annexed by the kingdom of Sardinia and is now part of Italy. This type, issued 1758-68, is rare. It was accompanied by 25 and 100 lire.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.25 g, .909 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-441; KM-227; MIR-271/1.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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