Italy 1861-T B 10 lire
This specimen was lot 1214 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. 10 Lire, 1861-TB. NGC EF-40. EXTREMELY RARE. From a mintage of only 1,916 pieces." This type was struck at the Turin mint 1861-65 during the reign of Victorio Emanuele II of Italy. It is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French ten francs and, like it, was produced in smaller numbers than the twenty lire. It is, however, quite common. The SCWC records several varieties for this date, depending on the diameter, but they are all priced about the same. The 1865 is scarce and the 1861 is very rare. The denomination does not seem to have been popular as no more were struck during Victorio Emanuele's reign or that of Umberto I (1878-1900).
Recorded mintage: 1,916.
Specification: 3.22 g, .900 fine gold, .093 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-14; KM-9.1; Mont-153; Gig-26.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.