Italy 1864-N BN 5 lire

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1333
This specimen was lot 1333 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, Royaume, Victor Emmanuel II (1861-1878), AR 5 lire, 1864N, Naples. Rare. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanuel II, 1861-78, silver five lire of 1864, Naples mint. Rare, about very fine.)"
This type was struck at the Naples mint 1862-66 during the reign of Victorio Emanuele II of Italy. It is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French five francs. It is scarce compared to the issues of Rome and Milan. The denomination was terminated in 1879 when its legal tender provision was revoked in the Latin Monetary Union. Several countries, including Italy, were striking large numbers of silver crowns (worth about three francs in bullion) and redeeming them in France for five francs in gold.

Recorded mintage: 120,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Mont-166; Gig-35; KM 8.2, Dav-140.


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  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • 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.
  • Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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