1796, Sardinia, Victor Amadeus III. Billon Silver 20 Soldi Coin. Fine!
Mint Year: 1796 Mint Place: Torino Reference: KM-58. Denominations: 20 Soldi Condition: A well circulated Fine with minor deposits and scratches! Material: Billon Silver (low grade silver alloy) Diameter: 2ymm Weight: 4.84gm
Obverse: Bust of Victor Amadeus III right. Date below. Legend: VICT.AMED.D.G.REX.SARD. 1796 Reverse: Crowned coat-of-arms within foliage. Value (SOL . 20) below. Legend: DVX . SABAUD - PRINC . PED * . SOL . 20
Kingdom of Sardinia, also known as Piedmont-Sardinia or Sardinia-Piedmont, was the name given to the possessions of the House of Savoy in 1723 (or in 1720 according to the international law), when the crown of Sardinia was awarded by the Treaty of The Hague to King Victor Amadeus II of Savoy to compensate him for the loss of the crown of Sicily to Austria, retaining in that way the title of king. Besides Sardinia, the new kingdom included Savoy, Piedmont, and Nice; Liguria, including Genoa, was added by the Congress of Vienna in 1815. Officially, the nation's name became Kingdom of Sardinia, Cyprus and Jerusalem, the House of Savoy maintaining a national claim to the thrones of Cyprus and Jerusalem, but both had long been under Ottoman rule. During most of the 18th and 19th centuries, the political and economic capital of the kingdom was Turin in Piedmont on the Italian mainland. In 1860, Nice and Savoy were ceded to France as a price paid for French consensus and help to unify Italy. In 1861, the Kingdom of Sardinia became the founding state of the new Kingdom of Italy, annexing all other Italian states. The Kingdom so continued in perfect legal continuity with the actual Italian state, to which it transferred all its institutions.
Victor Amadeus III (Vittorio Amadeo Maria; 26 June 1726 – 16 October 1796) was King of Sardinia from 1773 until his death. Although he was politically conservative, he carried out numerous administrative reforms until declaring war on revolutionary France in 1792. He was the father of the last three mainline Kings of Sardinia.
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