Italy 1912-R 20 lire
This specimen was lot 4152 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $1,955. The catalog description  noted, "Italy. 20 Lire, 1912-R. Vittorio Emanuele III. Uniformed bust left. Reverse: Agricultural scene. NGC graded MS-63." This rare type is listed for four dates (1910, 1912, 1926-27). 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: 59,000 (likely many melted).
Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-28; KM-48; Pagani-667.
- 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, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.