Sardinia 1833(g) P 2 lire

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Sincona sale 39, lot 3735
This specimen was lot 3735 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 225 CHF (about US$270 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY | House of Savoy. Sardinia, Carlo Alberto, 1831-1849 2 Lire 1833. Genova. Selten. Fast sehr schön. (kingdom of Sardinia, Charles Albert, 1831-49, two lire of 1833, Genoa mint. Rare. About very fine.)"
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 sported an anchor, shown here.

Recorded mintage: 187 (rare, but all the issues of 1832-49 are rare).

Specification: 10 g, .900 fine silver, .289 troy oz ASW, this specimen 9.65 g.

Catalog reference: Mont-145, Nomisma 705, KM 135.2.


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  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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