Sardinia 1860-M 50 centesimi

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Sincona sale 13, lot 2604
This specimen was lot 2604 in Sincona sale 13 (Zurich, October 2013), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$388 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Sardinien 50 Centesimi 1860. Mailand Vorzüglich-FDC (Sardinia, fifty centesimi of 1860, Milan mint. Extremely fine to 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: 981,895.

Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen 2.49 g.

Catalog reference: Pag. 426. KM 141.3.


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