Italy 1902-R 20 lire
This specimen was lot 30211 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $52,875. The catalog description noted, "Kingdom. Vittorio Emanuele III gold 20 Lire 1902-R, MS66 NGC. One of the true great rarities of Italian numismatics, this amazing example has a minuscule mintage of only 181 pieces. The strike is bold, and the fields deeply mirrored, with no notable flaws. This is the only piece certified, in any condition, by either NGC or PCGS. This is also the first example of this spectacular issue that we have had the privilege of offering, and we doubt we will see another, especially in this superb condition, for many years to come." This rare type is listed for four dates (1902, 1903, 1905, 1908). It was struck to the standard of a French twenty francs d'or. Italian gold coinage was already scanty when World War One terminated it.
Recorded mintage: 181 plus 115 with anchor mintmark (KM 37.2).
Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 37.1, Fr-23, Pagani 662 (R3).
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