Italy 1863-M BN lira KM-5a.1
This specimen was lot 33362 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $360. The catalog description noted, "Vittorio Emanuele II Lira 1863 M-BN MS64 PCGS, Milan mint. Sea-green and fiery amber tones on the obverse, with an equally entrancing steel-gray toned reverse that possesses a crescent of iridescent color to the right of the shield. There is a noticeable obverse strikethrough from a foreign insertion into the striking process, such as wire or lint, which in conjunction with the array of color creates a one-of-a-kind appearance." This denomination is one of the scarcest silver coins issued in the 1860's, being minted 1863 only along with the shield reverse (KM 15). 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 (KM 15) plus 24,054,000 with the shield reverse (shown here).
Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, 23.1 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 5a.1.
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