Italy 1889-R 20 lire

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Sincona sale 46, lot 538
This specimen was lot 538 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 400 CHF (about US$480 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY, Königreich, Umberto I. 1878-1900. 20 Lire 1889 R, Rom. Vorzüglich. Kleine Kratzer. (kingdom of Italy, Umberto I, 1878-1900, twenty lire of 1889, Rome mint. Extremely fine, Small scratches.)"
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: unknown but a common date.

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

Catalog reference: KM-21; Pagani 584. Schl. 72. Fr-21.

Source:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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