Genoa 1758 50 lire
This specimen was lot 21236 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description 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.
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- 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.
- 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.