Italy 1861-F lira
This specimen was lot 1470 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Lira, 1861-F. NGC AU-55. Dark toned. From the Demarete Collection." This is one of the first issues of the kingdom of Italy, newly organized in 1859-61. It was struck in Florence. Later issues were emitted from Turin, Milan and Naples. As this type was not issued after 1867, none came from Rome, added to the kingdom in 1870.
Recorded mintage: 432,000.
Specification: 5 grams, .900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-A5; Mont-200; Gig-60.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.