Italy 1902-R 25 centesimi
This specimen was lot 3426 in Goldberg sale 78 (Los Angeles, January 2014), where it sold for $446.50. The catalog description noted, "Italy. 25 Centesimi, 1902-R. Vittorio Emanuele III. Eagle. Reverse: Value. NGC graded MS-63." This denomination was introduced in 1902 but seems to have been a complete flop as it was suspended in 1903. Its rarity today is likely explained by melting to produce the twenty centesimi of 1908-35 (KM 44), of the same size and composition.
Recorded mintage: 7,773,000.
Specification: 4 g, nickel.
Catalog reference: KM-36; Pagani-827.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Gigante, Fabio, Gigante 2016: Catalogo Nazionale delle Monete Italiano Dal '700 All'Euro, 24a ed. Varese, Italy, 2015.
- Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Yifu Che and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg sale 78: the pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2014.