Italy 1927-R 20 lire
The first specimen was lot 25212 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $5,462.50. The catalog description noted, "Vittorio Emanuele III 20 Lire 1927R-VI, MS67 NGC Pittman Collection, a stunning example of this artistically pleasing type with glowing mint luster and superb blue-green and gold patina. Rarely seen in this superior quality!" The second specimen was lot 4034 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $164.50. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. 20 Lire, 1927R-VI. NGC EF-40." This type was struck for the kingdom of Italy 1926-34. The issues of 1927 and 1928 were of substantial mintage but few seem to have been released as they are seldom seen. The other dates were for presentation only. 1927 is also known with year V. Vittorio Emanuele III succeeded his father Umberto upon the latter's assassination in 1900, but by 1927 he was the helpless tool of the Fascists.
Recorded mintage: 3,518,000.
Specification: 15 g, .900 fine silver, .385 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Gig-36; Mont-65, KM 69, Dav-145.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.