Sardinia 1795 20 soldi
The first specimen was lot 4870 in Goldberg sale 74 (Los Angeles, June 2013), where it sold for $242 including buyer's fees. The catalog description noted, "Italian States - Sardinia. 20 Soldi, 1795. Victorio Amedeo III. Bust right. Reverse: Crowned arms. Bright mint luster. NGC graded MS-61." 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 struck 1794-96. It has a low catalog value but is seldom seen today.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 5.6 g, billon.
Catalog reference: KM-C58.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 74: the pre-Long Beach Sale, featuring the Arden Collection, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.