Italy 1862-N lira
This specimen was lot 22626 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $399.50. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Lira, 1862. Naples. ANACS AU-53. Struck the year after Italian unification with very few examples surviving in anything close to this level of preservation. Quite attractive for the grade, with even medium tone and considerable remaining detail. Free of major marks or abrasions." After unification in 1859-61 and prior to the capture of Rome in 1870, the kingdom of Italy used mints in Turin, Milan and Naples in an attempt to drive out all the old coinage of the independent states. Naples produced copper coinage 1861-67 in massive quantities but the silver issues were limited to a small number of half, one and two lira in 1862 and five lira 1862-66.
Recorded mintage: 497,000.
Specification: 5 grams, .900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-5.2; Gig-62; Mont-202.
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