The gold Italian 20 Lire featuring Vittorio Emanuele II is available to purchase from GoldClub direct. This coin represents the history of Italy’s coinage system. The lira was first introduced in Italian kingdoms such as Genoa and Sardinia as early as 1758. In 1861, the lira became the official currency of Italy. This legal remained legal tender until 2002, when the Euro became the sole currency of the country.
The obverse face of the Italian 20 Lire Vittorio Emanuele II features Vittorio Emanuele in left-profile relief. Surrounding his bust reads his name along with the year of mintage. The reverse displays the Italian coat of arms. The national shield is crowned and encircled by a wreath of olive and oak branches. The face value of the coin is presented below the coat of arms.
Lira coins were issued by various mints around Italy. Vittorio Emanuele II was the first to be issued on gold lira coins. Following his death in 1878, Umberto I was featured on 20 Lire gold coins until his assassination in 1900. The final king to be featured on 20 Lire gold coins was Vittorio Emanuele III.
The product you receive will arrive in circulated condition and a random mintage year between 1861 and 1878, based on availability. Your purchase will also be professionally packaged to ensure safe delivery. To find out more information on this product or other products on our website, please call 1-800-700-4715.