Lombardy-Venetia 1852-V lira

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2808
This specimen was lot 2808 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 325 CHF (about US$388 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 Lira 1852 V. Venedig. Gutes sehr schön. Kleine Kratzer. (Good very fine, Small scratches.)"
This scarce type was struck at Venice 1852 only with a few other dates known from Milan. Austrian control of Lombardy and Venetia, restored to them at the Congress of Vienna, was severely shaken by the rebellion of 1848, which coincided with revolution in Germany and another uprising in Hungary. In 1852, the Venice mint issued a series of copper coins, three, five, ten and fifteen centesimi, of which only the fifteen centesimi is rare. Austria ceded Lombardy to the king of Sardinia in 1859 and left Venetia in 1866. The last coin to leave the mint in Venice was a gold sovrano in 1856.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a scarce date.

Specification: 4.33 g, .900 fine silver, .125 troy oz ASW, this specimen 4.27 g. The contemporary Sardinian lira was 5 g.

Catalog reference: Herinek 703. Jaeckel 307; KM C37.1.


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  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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