The Kingdom of Italy was formed in 1861, and with its formation came the adoption of a new national currency that would last for 140 years through the era of the Kingdom of Italy and the modern Republic of Italy. The 20 Lire Gold Coin was a commonly issued gold coin that is rarer than others of its size and weight from the 19th and 20th centuries. Right now, 20 Lire Gold Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic package!
- Issued from 1861 to 1923!
- Consists of .1867 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- Bears a face value of 20 Lire backed by the Kingdom of Italy.
- The obverse side of the coins features the reigning monarch of Italy matching the date mark.
- On the reverse face is the coat of arms for the Kingdom of Italy.
Each 20 Lire Gold Coin in this product listing comes to you inside of protective packaging. Lira denominations were available from 1861 until 1999 and accepted through 2002 when the Euro was fully adopted. However, these 20 Lire Gold Coins were only available from 1861 through the inter-war period in Europe in 1923.
The obverse side of the 20 Lire Gold Italian Coins features the effigy of the ruling monarch for the Kingdom of Italy. The coins were issued during the reign of three different kings, with those of Victor Emmanuel III the most common. The longest-reigning King of Italy, Emmanuel III ruled from 1900 until 1946 when he abdicated the throne.
Monarchs are featured in left-profile relief with Umberto I featuring on coins issued between 1878 and 1900. Umberto I was the father of Emmanuel III and son of the first King of Italy, Emmanuel II. Umberto I’s reign ended when he was assassinated in Monza by an Italo-American anarchist who wanted revenge for the people killed in Milan in 1898 during riots.
The first 20 Lire Gold Coins available from 1861 until early 1878 featured King Victor Emmanuel II. The first King of Italy, he reigned as the ruler of a unified Kingdom of Italy from 1861 until his death. Emmanuel II was originally the King of Sardinia from 1849 until the formation of a unified Kingdom of Italy.
On the reverse side of the 20 Lire Gold Italian Coin is the coat of arms for the Kingdom of Italy. The seal includes a crowned shield that has the cross of the kingdom in the center and is surrounded by branches of oak and olive.
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