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Italian 20 lira coin (Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy)

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20 lire
Napoleonic 20 lire
Coin from 1812
General information
Country

Flag of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy Kingdom of Italy

Value

20 lire

Years

18081814

Measurements and composition
Mass

6.4509 g

Diameter

20 mm

Composition

gold

Appearance
Edge

"DIO PROTEGGE L'ITALIA"

Obverse

Napoleon, year

Reverse

Coat of arms of Napoleonic Italy, state title, value

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The 20 lira coin was issued by Napoleon's Kingdom of Italy from 1808 to 1814. It had a value equal to 20 lire, also equaling 20 French francs.

The coin is composed of .900 fine gold (90% gold and 10% copper). It weighs approximately 6.4509 grams and measures 20 millimeters in diameter. A left-facing portrait of King Napoleon of France and Italy is featured on the obverse, partially encircled by a caption reading "NAPOLEONE IMPERATORE E RE", which translates from Italian to English as "Napoleon Emperor and King". Below the effigy of Napoleon is the coin's year of minting, and directly below that is an "M" mint mark, which indicates the coin was struck at the mint in Milan. The coat of arms of Napoleonic Italy is displayed on the reverse, separating the words of the title "REGNO D'ITALIA" ("Kingdom of Italy") to opposite sides of the coin. Underneath the arms is the coin's value, inscribed as "20 • LIRE". The words "DIO PROTEGGE L'ITALIA" ("God protects Italy") are inscribed along the coin's edge. From 1808 to 1814, a total of 450,000 examples were struck.

A gold 20 lira pattern coin was minted in 1806, but never entered circulation. It is likely that this pattern bore the same designs as the coin that actually was issued a few years later.

ReferencesEdit

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Napoleonic lira
Lira coins ₤1₤2₤5₤20₤40
Centesimo coins 1 centesimo2 centesimi3 centesimi10 centesimi25 centesimi
Soldo coins 1 soldo5 soldi10 soldi15 soldi
Miscellaneous Bologna MintLuigi ManfrediniMilan MintVenice Mint

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