Italy 1874-M BN 20 lire

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Jean Elsen sale 135, lot 1542
This specimen was lot 1542 in Jean Elsen sale 135 (Brussels, December 2017), where it sold for €260 (about US$360 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, Royaume, Victor Emmanuel II (1861-1878), AV 20 lire, 1874M, Milan. Superbe à Fleur de Coin. (kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanuel II, 1861-78, gold twenty lire of 1874, Milan mint. Extremely Fine - Uncirculated.)"
It is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French twenty francs. This type was struck in Turin (1861-70), Rome (1870-78) and Milan (1872-74) during the reign of Victorio Emanuele II of Italy (1861-78).

Recorded mintage: 255,000.

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

Catalog reference: M. 146; Fr-13; KM-10.3.


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  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 135, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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