Sardinia 1843(g) P 5 lire

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Sincona sale 9, lot 4617
This specimen was lot 4617 in Sincona sale 9 (Zurich, October 2012), where it sold for 950 CHF (about US$1,202 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Savoia-Sardegna Carlo Alberto, 1831-1849. 5 Lire 1843, Genova. Fast FDC. (Italy, kingdom of Sardinia, Charles Albert, 1831-49, five lire of 1843, Genoa mint, choice uncirculated.)"
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.

Recorded mintage: 787,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW, this specimen 24,99 g.

Catalog reference: Pag. 243, Dav-136, KM 130.2 (formerly C113.3).

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Gigante, Fabio, Gigante 2016: Catalogo Nazionale delle Monete Italiano Dal '700 All'Euro, 24a ed. Varese, Italy, 2015.
  • Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 9, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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