Sardinia 1845(g) P 20 lire

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3503
This specimen was lot 3503 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 1845. Genua. Fast vorzüglich. Kleiner Randfehler. (kingdom of Sardinia, Charles Albert, 1831-49, twenty lire of 1845, Genoa mint. About extremely fine, Minor edge nick.)"
This type was struck 1832-45 at Turin and Genoa (shown here). 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: 43,417, a common date.

Specification: 6.45 grams, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6.43 g.

Catalog reference: KM 131.2; Pagani 200. Schl. 256. Fr-1143; Mont-72.


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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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