Italy 1811-M 5 lire Dav-202

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Stack's sale, lot 911
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Jean Elsen list 250, lot 1130
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Kingdom of Italy in 1806, from Putzger's Atlas
The first specimen was lot 911 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $1,495. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALIAN STATES. Kingdom of Napoleon. Napoleon I, 1805-1814. 5 Lire, 1811 M. Milano. Bare head r. as Emperor and King. Rv. Arms on mantle, value below, small-letter legend and incuse edge inscription, REGNO D'ITALIA, DIO PROTEGGE L'ITALIA. Exceptionally rich, reflective lustre. This Kingdom expanded the former Italian Republic and occupied most of northern and central Italy. Choice Uncirculated." The second specimen was lot 1130 on Jean Elsen price list 250 (Brussels, Oct/Dec 2009), where it was offered at €300 (about US$444). The catalog description noted,
"ITALIE, Royaume, Napoléon Ier (1804-1814), AR 5 lire, 1811 M (sur 180[ ]), Milan. Rare. Très Beau à Superbe (Italy, kingdom of Napoleon (1804-14), silver five lire, 1811/01, Milan mint. Rare, VF-EF)."

This coin was struck in Milan for Napoleon's kingdom of Italy which lasted 1804-1814. The five lire piece matched the French five francs and was struck in some numbers 1809-14 at Milan, Venice and Bologna. The conspicuous overdate visible on the second specimen is not listed in the SCWC.

Recorded mintage: 2,820,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW, lettered edge.

Catalog reference: KM 10.4, Dav-202, M., 224 var; G., 109a.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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