Italy 1865-T BN 5 lire Fr-16

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1486
This specimen was lot 1486 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$360 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Vittorio Emanuele II. 1859-1878 5 Lire 1865 T. Torino Sehr selten. Fast vorzüglich. (kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanuel II, 1859-78, gold five lire of 1865, Turin mint. Very rare, About extremely fine.)"
This type was struck at the Turin mint 1863 and 1865 during the reign of Victorio Emanuele II of Italy. It is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French gold five francs. It was abandoned after this issue and is today scarce. 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: 408,000.

Specification: 1.61 g, .900 fine gold, this specimen 1.58 g.

Catalog reference: Nomisma 876. Schl. 54. Fr-16. KM 17.


  • 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.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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