Sardinia 1860-M lira
This specimen was lot 571 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $302.50. The catalog description noted, "ITALY, Regno d'Italia. Vittorio Emanuele II. 1861-1878. AR Lira. Milano (Milan) mint. Dated 1860 M. In NGC encapsulation graded AU 58. Deep iridescent toning with hues of blue. Purchased from Superior Stamp & Coin." This is the final date of a type struck 1850-60 at Milan (shown here), Turin and Genoa. This date is scarce but the prior ones are rare. The following year, Victor Emanuel was proclaimed king of a united Italy.
Recorded mintage: 602,596.
Specification: 5 g, .900 fine silver, .144 troy oz AGW, 23 mm diameter, this specimen Ø23 mm, 4.98 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 142.3.
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- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.