Sardinia 1824(t) L 5 lire
This specimen was lot 4012 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $100. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Sardinia. 5 Lire, 1824-L. PCGS VERY FINE-30 Secure Holder. Central shield of Savoy Eagle type. Faint toning with one dark area on the reverse." 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. 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. The Turin mint used an eagle's head (shown here) as a mintmark while coins struck at Genoa sported an anchor.
Recorded mintage: 162,125.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-135; KM-116.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.