Sardinia 1856(g) P 20 lire
This type was struck at the Turin mint 1861-65 during the reign of Victorio Emanuele II of Italy, while he was merely King of Sardinia (1849-60). It is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French 20 francs. It is, however, reasonably common. The SCWC records this type for 1850-61 from the Turin and Milan mints. The first specimen was lot 1735 in CGB sale 26. The second specimen was part of lot 6811 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), which sold for $1,645. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Mixed Date 20 Lire, 1847-93. VERY FINE to UNCIRCULATED. Fr-21, 1142, 1146 & 1147. 7 pieces in lot. Mostly from Sardinia, but also includes a choice example from the Kingdom of Italy 1893. Some have been lightly cleaned otherwise problem free. The 1847 is toned and attractive."
Recorded mintage: 113,000.
Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM C-126.1.
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