Italy 1881-R 2 lire
This specimen was lot 4028 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $423. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. 2 Lire, 1881-R. NGC MS-63 PL. Hard mirror prooflike surfaces. Some light contact marks." This type was struck 1881-99 in large numbers but, despite this, is rather scarce in nice condition. King Umberto was assassinated by an anarchist in 1900.
Recorded mintage: 4,141,000.
Specification: 10 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-23.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.