Italy 1810-M 10 soldi
This specimen was lot 31604 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $282. The catalog description noted, "Kingdom of Napoleon. 10 Soldi 1810-M, MS63 NGC. Sharply struck with aged gray toning, with just one natural flan flaw on the reverse crown." The issues of the Napoleonic kingdom of Italy were meant to match the French franc Germinal. Thus, the silver lira was 5 g, .900 fine silver, just like the French one franc. The lira was divided into twenty soldi, so the ten soldi (shown here) matched the French half franc. Ten soldi were minted at Milan 1808-14 and at Venice 1811-13 and at Bologna 1812-13. We don't know why a fifteen soldi was considered necessary.
Recorded mintage: 550,000.
Specification: 2.5 grams, .900 fine silver, .072 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-C6.1.
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- Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.