Italy 1812-M 20 lire
"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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