Italy 1863-M BN lira KM-15.1

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Heritage sale 3038, lot 35658
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This specimen was lot 35658 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), where it sold for $1,057.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Vittorio Emanuele II Lira 1863 M-BN MS64 NGC, Milan mint. An outstanding example of this value reverse type, lustrous with faint handling in the reverse fields." This denomination is one of the scarcest silver coins issued in the 1860's, being minted 1863 only along with the shield reverse (KM 5a). This design, with the value reverse, was issued for part of 1863 only from Milan and Turin. The denomination was minted in 1867 then not issued again until 1883, during the reign of Umberto I, when it was produced in large numbers at Rome.

Recorded mintage: 29,837,000 plus 24,054,000 with the shield reverse (KM 5a.1).

Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, 23.1 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 15.1.


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  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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