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Italy Gold 20 Lire, BU
Vittorio Emanuele II design (Minted 1861-1874)

Italy Gold 20 Lire Vittorio, Obverse

Italy Gold 20 Lire Vittorio, Reverse

Italian gold 20 lire “Vittorios” are exactly the same size and weight as French Roosters and Swiss Vrenelis, but the're quite a bit scarcer in the market. In choice Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition, they're trading for almost the same price as common Euro gold coins, making them an excellent value.

We recommend BU Vittorios to European gold collectors and bulk gold investors looking for old, scarce, high quality gold coins at low prices.

Italy's "gold standard" coin
Beginning in 1866 and lasting until 1927, France, Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland joined together to form the Latin Monetary Union (LMU), a precursor of the European Union. Soon joined by other nations, they agreed to change their national currencies to standardized weights and ratios of silver and gold in order to facilitate trade.

As a result, the popular "20 franc" series of European gold coins was born, consisting of identically-sized coins from these four and other European nations, each containing exactly .1867 troy ounces of gold.

Italy 20 lire "Vittorio" gold coins were the size and weight adopted as standard by the LMU, giving them a unique place in history. The obverse features a profile of King Vittorio Emanuele II, who ruled Italy from 1849 to 1878. Known as "Father of the Fatherland," Vittorio was the first king of a newly unified Italy. The reverse features the royal coat of arms.

Minted from 1861 to 1874, Italy 20 lire Vittorios are relatively scarce today in select Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition. As Italy's debut coin of the beloved "20 franc" series of gold coins, they're historically important and collectible.

Italian Vittorios are considered to be scarce collectible coins and are therefore exempt from confiscation. They are completely private and non-reportable, unlike most modern gold bullion coins, making them an excellent choice for bulk gold investors.


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Italy Gold 20 Lire “Vittorio Emanuele II”
Brilliant Uncirculated

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Design Specifications:
Minted     1861-1874
Gold content     0.1867 oz.
Size     21 mm diameter
Fineness     .900 Fine