Sardinia 1850(g) P 5 lire
This specimen was lot 30103 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description noted, "Sardinia. Vittorio Emanuele II 5 Lire 1850 (Anchor)-P MS63 NGC, Genoa mint, Giuseppe Ferraris as diecutter. A true standout survivor of this scarce issue. Light, golden tone blankets lustrous surfaces with few contact marks. Light cabinet friction is noted, but does not stand out without the aid of a glass. Very rare in this exceptional state of preservation and worthy of the finest collections of the House of Savoy." 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). This type, struck 1850-61 before Victor Emanuel became king of Italy, is much scarcer than the preceding five lire of Carlo Felice (1821-31) or Carlo Alberto (1831-49).
Recorded mintage: 720,637--highest mintage date.
Specification: 25 grams, .900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-137; KM 144.2, MIR-1057a (R).
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