Emilia 1859-B lira

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 24969
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24969 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $2,232.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Emilia. Vittorio Emanuele II Lira 1859-B, MS64 NGC, a choice and fully original coin with rich silvery-gray patina and full underlying mint luster. Very rare in this superior quality." This was a provisional issue from Bologna while the kingdom of Italy was being organized in 1859-60.

Recorded mintage: 213,751.

Specification: 5 g, .900 fine silver, .144 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 8.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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