The gold coins of the Kingdom of Italy were issued in the lira denomination starting in 1861. The coins included 10 and 20 Lire denominations as the two most common options for circulation. These coins were available from the Kingdom of Italy until the 1920s when many of the options were phased out. Now, NGC-certified 1862/1881 20 Lire Gold Italian Coins are available to you for purchase online at Silver.com.
- Coins ship to you in individual protective plastic slabs courtesy of the NGC!
- Options in this listing include either 1862 or 1881-dated coins!
- Availability of certified coins is limited!
- Consists of .1867 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- Issued a face value of 20 Lire by the Kingdom of Italy.
- Bears a Grade of About Uncirculated 53 from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- King Victor Emmanuel II or King Umberto I on the obverse.
- National seal of the Kingdom of Italy on the reverse.
- Please remember we cannot promise a specific date mark and design for the coin you receive.
The coins of the Italian lira have a deeply rooted history in the past coinage of the Italian peninsula. You can trace a line back through history from the 1861 issuance of the Italian lira by the Kingdom of Italy to the coins of the Roman Empire.
Following the fall of the Roman Empire, the city-states and lesser kingdoms that would form in the region during the Middle Ages and Renaissance issued their own coins based on ancient Roman coins. The most important was undoubtedly the florin, a form of currency that would eventually inspire the lira of Sardinia, the most closely associated currency to the Italian lira.
For the obverse design of 1862/1881 20 Lire Gold Italian Coins, the mints issuing these specimens featured a depiction of the reigning monarch. The 1862 coin was issued during just the second year of availability and came out when King Victor Emmanuel II was on the throne. The 1881 coin was issued in the fourth year of the reign of King Umberto I and features his effigy. Both monarchs are featured in left-profile relief on their respective coins.
In the reverse design of the 1862/1881 20 Lire Gold Italian Coins is the coat of arms for the Kingdom of Italy. The shield of the kingdom is quartered and topped by an imperial crown. There is a wreath around the shield and inscriptions for the name of the kingdom and the value of the coins.
These 1862/1881 20 Lire Gold Italian Coins are available with AU53+ grades from the NGC. The coins are packaged in protective plastic slabs. Coins in this condition showcase light or even just trace wear on the highest relief points with medium to near-full luster remaining. We do not guarantee which date mark you will receive through this listing.
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