Venice 1848 20 lire

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UBS sale 83, lot 2063

This specimen was lot 2063 in UBS sale 83 (Zurich, September 2009) where it sold for CHF 4,200 (about US$4,829 including buyer's fee). The catalog description noted, "Governo Provvisorio, 1848-1849. 20 Lire 1848. Vorzüglich-gutes vorzüglich," (Provisional Government, 1848 20 lire, extremely fine--good extremely fine). This specimen was struck during an insurrection against Austrian rule in 1848. Without foreign support, the rebellion collapsed. Venice would not be incorporated into a united Italy until 1866. The coin is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French twenty francs. The provisional government also issued silver five lire, 25 and 15 centesimi and bronze 5, 3 and one centesimo coins.

Recorded mintage: 5,210.

Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6,47 g.

Catalog reference: Pag. 176. Fr. 1518, KM C187.


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