Italy 1861-N 2 centesimi
This specimen was lot 563 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $574.75. The catalog description noted, "ITALY, Regno d'Italia. Vittorio Emanuele II. 1861-1878. CU 2 Centesimi. Napoli (Naples) mint. Dated 1861 N. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64 BN. Moderate brown toning with a hint of red poking through. Highest graded specimen for the date. Listed as Rare by Montenegro. Purchased from Superior Stamp & Coin." This type was struck at the Naples and Milan mints 1861-62 and 1867 during the reign of Victorio Emanuele II of Italy. It is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French two centimes. It is scarce in nice condition, suggesting hard use. No more were minted until 1895.
Recorded mintage: 23,055,000.
Specification: 2 g, copper, 20.2 mm diameter, this specimen Ø20 mm, 2.00 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 2.2; Mont 255, Gig-108.
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- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.