Italian Somaliland 1925-R 10 lire

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 1306
This specimen was lot 1306 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €650 (about US$902 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SOMALIE ITALIENNE, Victor Emmanuel III (1900-1946), AR 10 lire, 1925R. Superbe. (Italian Somalia, Victor Emanuel III, 1900-46, silver 10 lire of 1925, extremely fine.)"
Prior to 1921, coinage for Italy's colony in Africa was based on the rupee of British India. This one year type was accompanied by a silver five lire. Surprisingly, it contained more silver than the contemporary ten lire current in Italy proper. Both issues are rather scarce.

Recorded mintage: 100,000.

Specification: 12 g, .835 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 8, M. 478; Gig-32.


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  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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