Italian Somaliland 1919-R 1/2 rupee
This specimen was lot 3982 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $423. The catalog description noted, "ITALIAN SOMALILAND. 1/2 Rupia, 1919-R. NGC MS-62. Lovely light peripheral tone." This type, issued from the Rome mint for the Italian colony of Somaliland, is not rare in worn condition but the price ascends rapidly with grade. This type is listed for 1909-13 and 1921-24. It was struck to the standard of the Indian rupee rather than that of the Italian lira. Coinage for the area ceased in 1925.
Recorded mintage: 200,000.
Specification: 5.83 g, .917 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-5.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.