Lombardy-Venetia 1855-M lira

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Sincona sale 57, lot 3285
This specimen was lot 3285 in Sincona sale 57 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 1,100 CHF (about US$1,309 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE - AUSTRIA, Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916. Lira 1855 M, Milano. Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, lira of 1855, Milan mint. Very rare in this condition. NGC MS65 PL.)"
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. Austria ceded Lombardy to the king of Sardinia in 1859 and left Venetia in 1866. This type was struck at Milan 1853-58.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.33 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM C37.2, Herinek 706, Pagani 229, Mont. 453 (R2).


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  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 57: World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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