Italy 1929-R 20 lire
This specimen was lot 21121 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $5,520. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. 20 Lire, 1929-R VII. PCGS MS-64. VERY RARE with a reported mintage of only 50 pieces. Sharply struck with just a hint of tone on the reverse, meticulously preserved and attractive." 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. Vittorio Emanuele III succeeded his father Umberto upon the latter's assassination in 1900, but by 1930 he was the helpless tool of the Fascists. Altho this coin has a Davenport number, we regard it as too small (<20 g) to be included in our list of European crowns.
Recorded mintage: 50.
Specification: 15 g, .800 fine silver, designed by Giuseppe Romagnoli.
Catalog reference: Dav-145, KM-69; Mont-68.
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