Italy 1865-T BN 5 lire

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Sincona sale 26, lot 3295
This specimen was lot 3295 in Sincona sale 26 (Zurich, October 2015), where it sold for 600 CHF (about US$741 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY, Königreich, Vittorio Emanuele II. 1859-1878 5 Lire 1865. Turin. Vorzüglich. (kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanuel II, 1859-78, five lire of 1865, Turin mint, extremely fine.)"
This type was struck at the Turin mint 1861-65 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 The denomination was terminated in 1879 when its legal tender provision was revoked in the Latin Monetary Union.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: 491,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen 25.00 g.

Catalog reference: Pag. 487. Dav-140, KM 8.1.


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