Sardinia 1831(g) P 5 lire

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Sincona sale 39, lot 3734
This specimen was lot 3734 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 400 CHF (about US$480 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY | House of Savoy. Sardinia, Carlo Alberto, 1831-1849 5 Lire 1831. Genova Schmales Kreuz im Wappen. Selten. Sehr schön. Randfehler. (kingdom of Sardinia, Charles Albert, 1831-49, five lire of 1831, Genoa mint, small cross in arms. Rare. Very fine. Rim nicks.)"
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 as a mintmark while coins struck at Genoa sported an anchor, shown here.

Recorded mintage: 450,952, a better date despite the large mintage.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW, this specimen 24.98 g.

Catalog reference: Mont-103, Nomisma 672, Dav-136, KM 130.2 (formerly KM C105.2).


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