Sardinia 1825(g) P 2 lire
This specimen was lot 31200 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $2,280. The catalog description noted, "Sardinia. Carlo Felice 2 Lire 1825-P MS63 PCGS, Turin mint. A very rare piece in this stunningly choice state of preservation, featuring an enchanting deep cabinet tone and underlying brilliance. Currently, the only example graded by PCGS and clearly worthy of an elite bid and intense focus. A similar ungraded specimen realized a hammer of ChF 4,200 in late 2012." 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, 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. The Turin mint used an eagle's head as a mintmark while coins struck at Genoa (shown here) sported an anchor.
Recorded mintage: unknown but a scarce date.
Specification: 10 g, .900 fine silver, 27 mm diameter, lettered edge.
Catalog reference: KM 122.2, Mont-76.
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- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.