Italy 1884-R 20 lire

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1498
This specimen was lot 1498 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 800 CHF (about US$960 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Umberto I. 1878-1900 20 Lire 1884 R. Roma Seltener Jahrgang. Sehr schön. (kingdom of Italy, Umberto I, 1878-1900, twenty lire of 1884, Rome mint. Rare date, Very fine.)"
This specimen is one of a series struck 1880-97 at the Rome mint during the reign of Umberto of Italy. It is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French twenty francs. It is the key date of an otherwise common type.

Recorded mintage: 9,775 (a very scarce date).

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6.42 g.

Catalog reference: Nomisma 983, Mont-20, Schl. 68. 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]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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