Italy 1864-T BN 100 lire
This specimen was lot 31224 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $16,450. The catalog description noted, "Vittorio Emanuele II gold 100 Lire 1864 T-BN AU53 PCGS, Rome mint. An attractive specimen with relatively smooth surfaces that are sheathed in antiqued, golden patina and accented by darker tone that clings to the devices, creating a most pleasing, two-tone effect on portrait of Vittorio Emanuele II. The design elements are noticeably well-struck and other than a few minor marks across the King's neck and the reverse shield, the overall appearance of this offering is choice. A scarce one-year type with a virtually non-existent mintage of 579 pieces, and a selection that is coveted at any level, especially in this state of preservation or finer. Ex. Collections Sax." This massive gold coin was accompanied by gold fifty, twenty and ten lire, all struck at Turin. It is directly descended from the Sardinian hundred lire of 1832-42 (Fr-1138). The next issue would be in 1872, from Rome (Fr-9).
Recorded mintage: 579.
Specification: 32.25 g, .900 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 19.1, Fr-8.
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- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.