Italy 1872-R 5 lire

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Sincona sale 39, lot 3694
This specimen was lot 3694 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 500 CHF (about US$600 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY | Königreich, Vittorio Emanuele II. 1859-1878 5 Lire 1872. Roma. Sehr selten. Sehr schön. NGC Fine Details (Surface hairlines). (kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanuel II, 1859-78, five lire of 1872, Rome mint. Very rare. Very fine.)"
This type was struck at the Rome mint (shown here) 1870-78 and at the Milan mint 1869-75 during the reign of Victorio Emanuele II of Italy. It is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French five francs. The type is quite common but this is a rare date. The denomination was terminated in 1879 when its legal tender provision was revoked in the Latin Monetary Union.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: 29,000 (a very scarce date).

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

Catalog reference: Nomisma 893. Pagani 495. Dav-140, KM 8.4.


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  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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