Sardinia 1847(g) P 5 lire

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Jean Elsen sale 113, lot 1524
Sardinia 1847 5 lire rev JElsen 113-1524.jpg
This specimen was lot 1524 in Jean Elsen sale 103 (Brussels, June, 2012), where it sold for € 160 (about US$239 including buyer's fees). The catalog description [2] noted,
"ITALIE, SAVOIE et SARDAIGNE, Charles Albert (1831-1849), AR 5 lire, 1847 P, Gênes. Ref.: Petits coups et griffes au revers. Patine foncée. Très Beau à Superbe. (Italy, Savoy and Sardinia, Charles Albert (1831-49), silver five lire of 1847, Genoa mint. Small marks and scartches on the reverse, nice patina, very fine to extremely fine.)"
In 1799, king Carlo Emanuele IV was evicted by Napoleon and the region converted to the Ligurian Republic then annexed to France. Sardinia did not recover her independence until 1815. The king was rewarded by Metternich with the republic of Genoa, which he added to his territory and opened a branch mint there in addition to his existing mint at Turin. The Turin mint used an eagle's head as a mintmark while coins struck at Genoa sported an anchor. This type was issued in some numbers at Genoa and Turin 1831-49.

Recorded mintage: 142,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-136; Mont-137; Gig-85; KM C113.3.


  • 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.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 113, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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