Ligurian Republic 1798 2 lire
This specimen was lot 21237 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Ligurian Republic. 2 Lire, 1798. NGC MS-64. Well struck with flashy luster and attractive gray toning in the centers that deepens around the peripheries and presents some aqua-hued undertones. RARE in this immense quality and considering its Napoleonic attachment, an issue that finds itself in constant demand." Genoa was occupied by Napoleon in 1798 and made into the puppet Ligurian Republic. Genoa never recovered her independence; in 1815 she was annexed by the kingdom of Sardinia and is now part of Italy. This type, issued 1798 only, is rare.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 8.32 g, .889 fine silver, .237 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-264; Gig-11; Mont-92.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.