Italy 1863-T BN 2 lire KM-16.2
This specimen was lot 573 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $5,142.50. The catalog description noted, "ITALY, Regno d'Italia. Vittorio Emanuele II. 1861-1878. AR 2 Lire. Turin mint. Dated 1863 T BN. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 66. Gem lightly toned UNC with wonderful satin surfaces. Only one ever graded and in exceptional condition. Extremely rare coin in this grade. Ex Bowers & Ruddy (15 December 1981), lot 2099." This denomination is the scarcest of the silver coins issued in the 1860's, being minted 1862-63 only along with the shield reverse (KM 6a). This design, with the value reverse, was issued for part of 1863 only from Naples and Turin. The denomination was not issued again until 1881, during the reign of Umberto I, when it was produced in large numbers at Rome.
Recorded mintage: 4,910,000 (including KM 6a.2).
Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, this specimen Ø26 mm, 9.96 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 16.2; Mont 197.
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