Sardinia 1861(t) B 20 lire
This specimen was lot 4104 in Goldberg sale 74 (Los Angeles, June 2013), where it sold for $546 including buyer's fees. The catalog description noted, "Italian States - Sardinia. 20 Lire, 1861-B (Torino). Mint mark, Eagle head. Vittorio Emanuele II. NGC graded MS-61." This type was struck at the Turin mint 1850-61 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 twenty francs. It is, however, reasonably common. Twenty lire struck for the unified kingdom of Italy are also known for 1861.
Recorded mintage: 155,514.
Specification: 6.45 grams, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-1146; KM-C126.2; Pagani-359.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 74: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.