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    Vittorio Emanuele III silver Prova 20 Lire 1927-R Year V MS67 NGC, Rome mint, Pagani-192 (R4). Reeded edge. An extremely rare pattern for the 20 lire issue of 1927, and a progression from the previous lot, manufactured in order to test the mint's capability to coin the reverse design. In doing so, an unfinished facsimile of the obverse design was used, with a raised, blank area in the obverse center that represents where Vittorio Emanuele III's bust would go and legends that detail technical specifications. The reverse is essentially identical to the adopted design, except that A·MOTT·INC· was added below G·ROMAGNOLI to the right of the denomination below the exergual line on the circulating coinage. This example, preserved in a near-perfect state, displays luminous luster over brilliant surfaces, with a strike that is complete in the centers and is nearing so (an improvement from the previous lot where small portions of the borders are incomplete) at the outer pearl beading. As one might expect from an issue struck from completely fresh dies, swirling polish is visible over both sides. Essentially no marks are visible to the naked eye. The first of its type we have offered, this altogether marvelous pattern belongs in an advanced collection next to other outstanding crowns of the Italian Kingdom.

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    January, 2018
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