Sardinia 1758 1/2 scudo
This specimen was lot 21096 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Sardinia. 1/2 Scudo, 1758. Carlo Emanuelle III (1730-73). NGC AU-55. A high grade example of this infrequently available type, with delightful multicolor toning lending an added bonus, and with underlying luster providing plenty of propulsion to the color. A light trace of wear confined primarily to the chin and mouth, with much of the coin retaining full original detail." This type is listed for 1755-72 and is noted as fairly reasonable. It was accompanied by a scudo (Dav-1494). The Duchy of Savoy was an Italian state wedged between France and Milan and was often the victim of invasions from both directions. In 1720, the duke acquired the island of Sardinia and promoted himself to king of Sardinia. In 1799, duke Carlo Emanuele IV was evicted by Napoleon and the region converted to the Ligurian Republic then annexed to France. Sardinia did not recover her independence until 1815.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 18.70 g, .900 fine silver, .541 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-47; MIR-947d; Biaggi-812.
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- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.