Italy 1809-M 20 lire
This coin was struck in Milan for Napoleon's kingdom of Italy which lasted 1804-1814. The twenty lire piece matched the French twenty francs and was struck in limited numbers 1808-14. Its larger sister, the forty lire piece, is much more often encountered. The silver five lire was struck in Milan, Venice and Bologna.
Recorded mintage: 87,000.
Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .187 troy oz AGW, lettered edge.
Catalog reference: KM 11.
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