Sardinia 1814 doppia Fr-1128
This specimen was lot 24592 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $30,550. The catalog description noted, "A Classic Italian Rarity! Sardinia. Vittorio Emanuele I gold Doppia 1814, Torino mint, MS62 NGC. One-year type. Well struck for the type with fully imparted hair detail on the obverse and a far above-average shielded eagle on the reverse. The luster, a key attribute on this present specimen, imparts a luminous glow on both sides that can't help but impress the eye. Seemingly high-end for the grade with limited evidence of contact and only a few stray hairlines that prevent the usage of the 'Choice' moniker. A classic Italian rarity, and when offered to the market, a coin that is always eagerly received. From The Formosa Collection." The Duchy of Savoy was promoted to the Kingdom of Sardinia when the duke obtained that island from the Austrians in 1720. In 1799, king 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. The king was rewarded by Metternich with the republic of Genoa, which he added to his territory and opened a branch mint there in addition to his existing mint at Turin. This rare and expensive coin is listed in the SCWC for 1814-15. The doppia was originally a double ducat but became obsolete when Sardinian coinage was decimalized in 1816.
Recorded mintage: 23,697 for 1814-15.
Specification: 9.11 g, .905 fine gold, .265 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 110 (formerly KM C94), Varesi-1019 (R8), Fr-1128.
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