Sardinia 1844(t) P 20 lire

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3502
This specimen was lot 3502 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 250 CHF (about US$298 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY | House of Savoy / Sardinia, Carlo Alberto, 1831-1849 20 Lire 1844. Turin. Sehr schön. (kingdom of Sardinia, Charles Albert, 1831-49, twenty lire of 1844, Turin mint. Very fine.)"
This type was struck 1832-45 at Turin (shown here) and Genoa. Tho not rare, it is much less common than the issues of Victor Emanuel II (1850-60). The Genoa issues are scarcer than the Turin issues even tho the mintages are generally larger.

Recorded mintage: 29,774, a common date.

Specification: 6.45 grams, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6.41 g.

Catalog reference: KM 131.1; Pagani 199, Schl. 234, Fr-1142; Mont-69.


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  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Gigante, Fabio, Gigante 2016: Catalogo Nazionale delle Monete Italiano Dal '700 All'Euro, 24a ed. Varese, Italy, 2015.
  • Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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