Italy 1861-F 5 lire

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1388
This specimen was lot 1388 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 7000 CHF (about US$8,610 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN Königreich Vittorio Emanuele II. 1861-1878. 5 Lire 1861, Firenze. Selten. Gutes vorzüglich. (Italy, kingdom of Sardinia, Victor Emanuel II, 1861-78, five lire of 1861, Florence mint. Rare, good very fine.)"
This type, struck as Victor Emanuel became king of Italy, is much scarcer than the preceding five lire of Sardinia or the following regular issues of Turin, Milan, Naples and Rome.

Recorded mintage: 21,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver; this specimen is 25,05 g.

Catalog reference: Pag. 481, Dav-139, KM 7.


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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]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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