Emilia 1859 5 lire Dav-138

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Goldberg sale 69, lot 5075
Italy 1859B 5 lire rev Goldberg 69-5075.jpg

This specimen was lot 5075 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $14,375. The catalog description [2] noted, "Italy. 5 Lire, 1859 (Bologna). Vittorio Emanuele II. Head right. Reverse: Crowned arms. Beautifully toned example with lovely reflective surfaces. Both dates of this two year type are rare. The 1859 is the rarest date and seldom offered. NGC graded MS-62." This was a provisional issue from Bologna while the kingdom of Italy was being organized in 1859-60.

Recorded mintage: 6,566.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-138; KM-C4; Pagani-432 (Rarity-3).


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.

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