Sardinia 1765 scudo Dav-1494

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Jean Elsen sale 108, lot 1363
Savoy 1765 scudo rev JElsen 108-1363.jpg
Ponterio sale 182, lot 1306
Sardinia 1765 scudo rev P182-1306.jpg
The first specimen was lot 1363 in Jean Elsen sale 108 (Brussels, March 2011) where it sold for 740 euros ($1,215 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, SAVOIE et SARDAIGNE, Charles Emmanuel III (1730-1773), AR scudo nuovo de 6 lire, 1765, Turin. Droit : B. drapé à gauche. Revers: Ecu ovale couronné, entouré du collier de Savoie. Très Beau" (Italy, Savoy and Sardinia, Charles Emmanuel III, 1730-73, silver new scudo of six lire of 1765, Turin mint. Obverse: draped bust to left; reverse: crowned oval shield, Order of Savoy around. Very Fine.)
The second specimen was lot 1306 in Ponterio sale 182 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,057.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "ITALY. Sardinia. Scudo, 1765. NGC AU-58. Carlo Emanuelle III (1730-73)."

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. This type was issued 1755-69 but is seldom seen today.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, the first specimen 35.04 g.

Catalog reference: Mont-171; MIR-946h, KM C20, Sim-33/7; Dav-1494.


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  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 108, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2011.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 182: The January 2014 NYINC Auction: World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stacks Bowers LLC.

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