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KINGDOM OF NAPOLEON

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20 Lire - 1809 - M

KM-011 - 6,45  g - 21,6 mm

Edge - * DIO PROTECCE L'ITALIA  

Mintage - 0,053M

The obverse has a bust of Napoleon Bonaparte (b1769-d1821) . His title NAPOLEONE IMPERATORE E RE (Napoleon Emperor and King) is around the top. The date 1809 and mintmark M (for the Milan mint) is below the bust with privy marks on either side.  The reverse has the imperial arms with the country's name REGNO  D'ITALIA on either side of the arms and the denomination 20 LIRE below.

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40 Lire - 1811/0 - M

KM-011 - 6,45  g - 26 mm

Edge - * DIO PROTECCE L'ITALIA  

Mintage - 0,106M

The obverse has a bust of Napoleon Bonaparte (b1769-d1821) . His title NAPOLEONE IMPERATORE E RE (Napoleon Emperor and King) is around the top. The date 1811 and mintmark M (for the Milan mint) is below the bust with privy marks on either side.  This is an overdate as you can see a clear 0 under the second 1 of the date. The reverse has the imperial arms with the country's name REGNO  D'ITALIA on either side of the arms and the denomination 40 LIRE below.

KINGDOM OF ITALY

10 Lire - 1863 - T

KM-009.2 - 3,23   g 

Mintage - 0,543M

The obverse has a bust of King Victor Emmanuel II (b1820-d1878) surrounded by the Italian legend VITTORIO EMANUELE II.  The date 1863 is at the bottom with the designer's surname FERRARIS below the bust.  The reverse has the royal arms of Savoy which is composed of a central escutcheon decorated with a silver cross on red background, with the royal crown on the top. The escutcheon is surrounded by the the pendant collar of  the Order of the Holiest Annunciation (Ordine della Santissima Annunziata) which is within a wreath. The order was one of greatest chivalric orders of all times. It was established in 1362 by Amedeo VI of Savoy (b1334-d1383). The collar is composed of a series of knots, symbolizing unity, and roses. The legend REGNO D'ITALIA (Kingdom of Italy) circles at the top and the denomination L-10 is at the bottom flanked by the script T mint mark for the Turin mint to the left and the script initials BN to the right.

20 Lire - 1863 - T

KM-010.1 - 6,45 g 

Mintage - 2,981M

The obverse has a bust of King Victor Emmanuel II (b1820-d1878) surrounded by the Italian legend VITTORIO EMANUELE II.  The date 1863 is at the bottom with the designer's surname FEORA below the bust.  The reverse has the royal arms of Savoy which is composed of a central escutcheon decorated with a silver cross on red background, with the royal crown on the top. The escutcheon is surrounded by the the pendant collar of  the Order of the Holiest Annunciation (Ordine della Santissima Annunziata) which is within a wreath. The order was one of greatest chivalric orders of all times. It was established in 1362 by Amedeo VI of Savoy (b1334-d1383). The collar is composed of a series of knots, symbolizing unity, and roses. The legend REGNO D'ITALIA (Kingdom of Italy) circles at the top and the denomination L-20 is at the bottom flanked by the script T mint mark for the Turin mint to the left and the script initials BN to the right. Victor Emanuel was king of Sardinia and upon Italian unification became king of Italy. 

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20 Lire - 1873 - M

KM-010.3 - 6,45 g

Mintage - 1,018M

The obverse has a bust of King Victor Emmanuel II (b1820-d1878) surrounded by the Italian legend VITTORIO EMANUELE II.  The date 1875 is at the bottom with the designer's surname FERRARS on the truncheon of the neck.  The reverse has the royal arms of Savoy which is composed of a central escutcheon decorated with a silver cross on red background, with the royal crown on the top. The escutcheon is surrounded by the the pendant collar of  the Order of the Holiest Annunciation (Ordine della Santissima Annunziata) which is within a wreath. The order was one of greatest chivalric orders of all times. It was established in 1362 by Amedeo VI of Savoy (b1334-d1383). The collar is composed of a series of knots, symbolizing unity, and roses. The legend REGNO D'ITALIA (Kingdom of Italy) circles at the top and the denomination L-20 is at the bottom flanked by the script M mint mark for the Milan mint to the left and the script initials BN to the right. Victor Emanuel was king of Sardinia and upon Italian unification became king of Italy. 

20 Lire - 1882 - R

KM-021 - 6,45 g

Mintage - 6,970M

The obverse has a bust of King Umberto I (b1844-d1900) surrounded by the Italian legend UMBERTO I RE D'ITALIA (Umberto I King of Italy).  The date 1882 is at the bottom with the designer's surname SPERANZA on the truncheon of the neck.  The reverse has the royal arms of Savoy which is composed of a central escutcheon decorated with a silver cross on red background, with the royal crown on the top. The escutcheon is surrounded by the the pendant collar of  the Order of the Holiest Annunciation (Ordine della Santissima Annunziata) which is within a wreath. The order was one of greatest chivalric orders of all times. It was established in 1362 by Amedeo VI of Savoy (b1334-d1383). The collar is composed of a series of knots, symbolizing unity, and roses. The arms are flanked by the denomination 20 L. Umberto was assassinated by an anarchist. 

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20 Lire - 1885 - R

KM-021 - 6,45 g

Mintage - 0,165M

The obverse has a bust of King Umberto I (b1844-d1900) surrounded by the Italian legend UMBERTO I RE D'ITALIA (Umberto I King of Italy).  The date 1885 is at the bottom with the designer's surname SPERANZA on the truncheon of the neck.  The reverse has the royal arms of Savoy which is composed of a central escutcheon decorated with a silver cross on red background, with the royal crown on the top. The escutcheon is surrounded by the the pendant collar of  the Order of the Holiest Annunciation (Ordine della Santissima Annunziata) which is within a wreath. The order was one of greatest chivalric orders of all times. It was established in 1362 by Amedeo VI of Savoy (b1334-d1383). The collar is composed of a series of knots, symbolizing unity, and roses. The arms are flanked by the denomination 20 L. Umberto was assassinated by an anarchist. 

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20 Lire - 1888 - R

KM-021 - 6,45 g

Mintage - 0,111M

The obverse has a bust of King Umberto I (b1844-d1900) surrounded by the Italian legend UMBERTO I RE D'ITALIA (Umberto I King of Italy).  The date 1888 is at the bottom with the designer's surname SPERANZA on the truncheon of the neck.  The reverse has the royal arms of Savoy which is composed of a central escutcheon decorated with a silver cross on red background, with the royal crown on the top. The escutcheon is surrounded by the the pendant collar of  the Order of the Holiest Annunciation (Ordine della Santissima Annunziata) which is within a wreath. The order was one of greatest chivalric orders of all times. It was established in 1362 by Amedeo VI of Savoy (b1334-d1383). The collar is composed of a series of knots, symbolizing unity, and roses. The arms are flanked by the denomination 20 L. Umberto was assassinated by an anarchist. 

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20 Lire - 1891 - R

KM-021 - 6,45 g

Mintage - 0,032M

The obverse has a bust of King Umberto I (b1844-d1900) surrounded by the Italian legend UMBERTO I RE D'ITALIA (Umberto I King of Italy).  The date 1891 is at the bottom with the designer's surname SPERANZA on the truncheon of the neck.  The reverse has the royal arms of Savoy which is composed of a central escutcheon decorated with a silver cross on red background, with the royal crown on the top. The escutcheon is surrounded by the the pendant collar of  the Order of the Holiest Annunciation (Ordine della Santissima Annunziata) which is within a wreath. The order was one of greatest chivalric orders of all times. It was established in 1362 by Amedeo VI of Savoy (b1334-d1383). The collar is composed of a series of knots, symbolizing unity, and roses. The arms are flanked by the denomination 20 L. Umberto was assassinated by an anarchist. 

100 Lire - 1923 - R

KM-065 - 32,26g - 46 mm

Fineness - 0,900 Au

Mintage - 0,020M

Edge -  Reeded

The obverse has a bust of King Victor Emmanuel III (b1869-d1947). Around the bust is the Italian legend VITTORIO EMANVELE  III  RE D'ITALIA (Victor Emmanuel II King of Italy). A MOTTI is below the truncheon of the bust  The reverse has the fasces with ax. The denomination 100 LIRE is to the left and the date  OTTOBRE 1922-1923 to the right of the figure and an R (for the Rome Mint) is at the lower left of the figure. The coin was issued to celebrate the first anniversary of the accession of Mussolini's Fascist government.

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50 Lire - 1931 XI - - R

KM-071 - 4,40 g - 20 mm

Fineness - 0,900 Au

Mintage - 0,032M

Edge - 

The obverse has a bust of King Victor Emmanuel III (b1869-d1947). Around the bust is the Italian legend VITT - EM - III - RE (Victor Emmanuel II King). G - ROMAGNOLI - A - MOTTI - INC. is below the truncheon of the bust  The reverse has an allegorical figure of a Roman citizen in toga carrying a fasces. The legend ITALIA circles the figure and the denomination L. 50 and the date 1931 - IX is at the lower right of the figure and an R (for the Rome Mint) is at the lower left of the figure.

 

 

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