Sardinia 1844(t) P 2 lire
This specimen was lot 30173 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $3,760. The catalog description noted, "Sardinia. Carlo Alberto 2 Lire 1844 (Eagle)-P UNC Details (Surface Hairlines) NGC, Turin mint. An attractive offering with titanium-gray tone that promotes fully-rendered design elements and very minimal hairlining. This is a seldom encountered denomination, and despite the details assignment, still highly collectible." This type was struck at Turin (shown here) and Genoa 1833-49. Tho listed in the SCWC, there is no photo therein of this type or that of the succeeding two lire of Victor Emanuel II. On the rare occasions where this type turns up, it is usually well worn.
Recorded mintage: 29,596.
Specification: 10 grams, .900 fine silver, .289 troy oz ASW, 27 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 135.1.
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- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.