Encased 1894 Italian 20 Centesimi
Has anyone ever seen anything like this before?
It is an encased 1894 Italian 20 Centesimi. The encasement is plain, and I'm unsure of its composition. I also can't say that the encasement is contemporary, but based on the patina I assume that it has been on there a long time.
Does anyone have any idea why this might have been done? Did it serve some purpose or was someone just bored in "shop class"?