Italy 1861-T B 20 lire

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1480
This specimen was lot 1480 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 275 CHF (about US$330 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Vittorio Emanuele II. 1859-1878 20 Lire 1861 T. Torino B in Schild. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Kleiner Randfehler. (kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanuel II, 1859-78, gold twenty lire of 1861, Turin mint. Very fine-extremely fine, Minor edge nick.)"
This type was struck at the Turin mint 1861-70 during the reign of Victorio Emanuele II of Italy. It is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French gold twenty francs. This is a scarce date, especially compared to the common dates of 1862-65. The accompanying ten lire is very rare.

Recorded mintage: 3,267.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, this specimen 6.43 g.

Catalog reference: Nomisma 847, Schl. 38, Fr-11, KM 10.1.


  • Gigante, Fabio, Gigante 2016: Catalogo Nazionale delle Monete Italiano Dal '700 All'Euro, 24a ed. Varese, Italy, 2015.
  • Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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