The Lire Gold Italian Coin issued during the reign of Victor Emmanuel II of Italy starting in 1861 was historically significant in Italian and European history. These coins were among the first from the newly-unified Kingdom of Italy. Victor Emmanuel II had risen from being King of Sardinia to liberate Lombardy from Austria, unify Tuscany, Modena, Parma, and Romagna under his leadership, annex Veneto, and eventually conquer the Papal States in Rome to establish a unified Italian peninsula. Now, certified 1863 10 Lire Gold Italian Five-Coin Sets are available to you for purchase online at Silver.com.
Coin Set Highlights:
- Coins ship in separate protective plastic slabs from the NGC!
- Features five coins in all from 1863 issue of 10 Lire Gold Coins!
- Some of the earliest coins from Italy’s unification era!
- Consists of .0933 Troy ounce of actual gold content per coin.
- Issued individual face values of 10 Lire by the Kingdom of Italy.
- Bears a Grade of Mint State 63 from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- The obverse features a portrait of Victor Emmanuel II.
- On the reverse is the Kingdom of Italy’s coat of arms.
Victor Emmanuel II was a descendant of the House of Savoy and the son of Charles Albert, Prince of Carignano who ruled as King of Sardinia and Duke of Savoy before him. His mother was Queen Consort of Sardinia to Charles Albert and the great-granddaughter of the powerful Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.
Under the leadership of Victor Emmanuel II, the crown of Sardinia would expand to control most of the Italian peninsula. The Kingdom of Italy he established would rule the peninsula until 1946 when the modern republic abolished the monarchy. In 1861, the first coins of the Italian Lira were struck, including the 10 Lire Gold denomination.
The obverse of the 1863 10 Lire Gold Italian Coin features a left-profile portrait of Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. Through shrewd military and political moves in the 1850s and 1860s, Victor Emmanuel was able to liberate, unite, and annex the various kingdoms and city-states of the Italian region under his singular rule.
On the reverse side of 1863 10 Lire Gold Italian Coins is a depiction of the Kingdom of Italy’s coat of arms. Based on the seal of the House of Savoy, the coat of arms features a shield quartered by a cross and topped with a crown. A laurel wreath flanks the shield.
These 1863 10 Lire Gold Italian Five-Coin Sets come with coins that earned Mint State 63 grades. Coins in this condition have slightly impaired mint luster, small contact marks with scattered, heavier marks, and small hairlines. Overall, the coins have an attractive eye appeal.
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