Italy 1812-M 20 lire

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3442
This specimen was lot 3442 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 350 CHF (about US$418 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY, Königreich, Napoleone I. 1805-1814 20 Lire 1812. Mailand. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of Italy, Napoleon I, 1805-14, twenty lire of 1812, Milan mint. Very fine-extremely fine.)"
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: 45,014, a better date.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6.42 g.

Catalog reference: Mont-210, Pagani 22. Schl. 19. Fr-7, KM 11.


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