Preparation of a proof striking usually involved polishing of the dies. They can usually be distinguished from normal circulation coins by their sharper rims and design, as well as much smoother "fields" - the blank areas not part of the coin's design. The dies for making modern proof coins are often treated with chemicals to make certain parts of the design take on a frosted appearance, with the polished fields taking on a mirror finish. From 1861 until 2002, the Italian lira was the currency of Italy.
Introduced in advance of Italy joining the Latin Monetary Union, the lira was a direct continuation of previously issued lira denominations of Italian kingdoms, such as the Sardinian lira, the Lombardy-Venetia pound, Two Sicilies piastra, and the Papal States scudo. The 20 Lire Gold Coin from Italy Lira gold coins were issued by mints in Florence, Milan, Naples, and Turin in various denominations starting in 1861 with the formation of a unified Kingdom of Italy.
The first King of Italy youll find on the obverse of 20 Lire Gold Coins is Victor Emmanuel II. He reigned from 1861 until 1878 when he died.
Emmanuel II was the first king of a unified Italy since the 6th century AD. 20 Lire Gold Coins issued between late 1878 and 1900 featured the bust of Umberto I. He reigned from 1878 until he was assassinated by an anarchist in July 1900, and oversaw Italys colonial expansion in the Horn of Africa and its Triple Alliance with the German Empire and Austria-Hungary. The final bust of a King of Italy featured on 20 Lire Gold Coins is that of Victor Emmanuel III.The longest-reigning King of Italy, he reigned from 29 July 1900 following his father Umbertos assassination through two world wars, and the rise and fall of Italian Fascism. On the reverse of all 20 Lire Gold Coins is the coat of arms for the Kingdome of Italy.
This simple depiction of the coat of arms includes the national seal of the kingdom with a crown atop the crossed shield. The shield is surrounded by olive and oak branches with the face value featured on this side. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins: World\Europe\Italy, San Marino, Vatican\Italy (1861-Now)". The seller is "myremoteworld" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.