Italy 1862-N 50 centesimi
This specimen was lot 22242 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $1,627. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. 50 Centesimi, 1862-N. NGC MS-63. Toned." This type was struck at the Turin and Milan mints 1861-62 and at the Naples mint (shown here) 1862 only during the reign of Victorio Emanuele II of Italy. It is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French fifty centimes. It is quite a bit scarcer than the mintage would indicate; in 1863 the fineness was lowered to .835 and it seems likely that government stocks were melted for the new issue (KM 14.1), which is quite common.
Recorded mintage: 630,000.
Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-4.3; Gad-72; Mont-213.
- 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, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.