Sardinia 1841(t) P 2 lire
"ITALY | House of Savoy. Sardinia, Carlo Alberto, 1831-1849 2 Lire 1841. Torino. Sehr selten. Fast sehr schön. (kingdom of Sardinia, Charles Albert, 1831-49, two lire of 1841, Turin mint. Very 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, 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: 4,259 (rare, but all the issues of 1832-49 are rare). There are no Genoa issues for 1837-43.
Specification: 10 g, .900 fine silver, .289 troy oz ASW, this specimen 9.87 g.
Catalog reference: Mont-153, Nomisma 710, KM 135.1.
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