Papal States 1867-R 20 lire year XXII

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Goldberg sale 75, lot 3567
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from the Tom Fitzgerald Collection
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The first specimen was lot 3567 in Goldberg sale 75 (Los Angeles, September 2013), where it sold for $414. The catalog description[1] noted, "Italian States - Papal/Roman States. 20 Lire, 1867-R. Year XXII. Pius IX. NGC graded AU-58." This type, struck 1867-70 at Rome, is not listed as rare but seldom turns up. The edge lettering was updated mid-year on the anniversary of the reign of the pope. The coinage was reformed to use centesimi and lire in 1867 but the Papal States were annexed by Italy in 1870 and the series ended.

Recorded mintage: 57,000 plus 44,000 for year XXI.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-280; KM 1382.3, Ber-3333.


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  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • 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.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Jason Villareal and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 75: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.

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