Italy 1879-R 20 lire

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UBS sale 83, lot 1756
Goldberg sale 70, lot 3760
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles
from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, part of lot 21123
Italy SB118-21123b.jpg

The first specimen was lot 1756 in UBS sale 83 (Zurich, September 2009) where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Umberto I. 1878-1900. 20 Lire 1879, Roma. Fast vorzüglich, (1879 20 lire, Rome mint, nice extremely fine)." The second specimen was lot 3760 in Goldberg sale 70 (Los Angeles, September 2012), where it sold for $328. The catalog description[1] noted, "Italy. 20 Lire, 1879-R. Umberto I, 1878-1900. NGC graded AU-58." The third specimen was part of lot 21123 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), which sold for $3,360. The catalog description[2] noted, "ITALY. Date Run of 20 Lire, 1865-97. Fr-11 & 21; KM-10.1 & 21. 12 pieces in lot. 1865, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1883, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1890, 1891, 1893, & 1897. SOLD AS IS/NO RETURNS. NGC AU-58 (1), Unc Details--Scratches (1), MS-61 (1), MS-62 (4), & MS-63 (5)." This date is one of a series struck 1879-97 at the Rome mint during the reign of Umberto of Italy. It is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French twenty francs.

Recorded mintage: 146,000.

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

Catalog reference: Pag. 575, Schl. 63, Fr-21, KM 21.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • 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]Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 70: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2012.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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