Italy 1872-R 100 lire
This specimen was lot 31226 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $25,850. The catalog description noted, "Vittorio Emanuele II gold 100 Lire 1872-R AU58 PCGS, Rome mint. Bold and vibrant, this exceptional offering features lightly-toned, reflective surfaces in a desirable shade of harvest-gold. The fields contain a surprising amount of mint luster, as well as minor contact marks which are fairly common to the issue. Even so, this is an extremely rare and avidly-sought offering that has a mere mintage of just 661 pieces. One of the rarest European gold types from the 19th century, and highly alluring in this near-mint state designation. From The Empire Collection." This type was struck in Rome 1872 and 1878 and both dates are rare. The similar twenty lire (Fr-12) is common.
Recorded mintage: 661.
Specification: 32.25 g, .900 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 19.2, Fr-9, Mont-128.
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