Italy 1884-R 50 lire

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 24609
Italy 1884 50 lire rev H3030-24609.jpg

This specimen was lot 24609 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $7,637.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Umberto I gold 50 Lire 1884-R, MS61 NGC. The first year of this scarce three-year type, and rarely available on the market with available example always being immediately snapped up and put into collections. The present example, nice for the type, is especially well-struck with sharp segmentation of Umberto's hair curls and smooth mirror-like reflectivity in the fields. Minor ticks limit the grade, but don't have significant [e]ffect on the eye appeal." This rare type is listed for three dates: 1884, 1888 and 1891. It was struck to the standard of a French fifty francs d'or.

Recorded mintage: 2,534.

Specification: 16.12 g, .900 fine gold, .466 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 25, Fr-19.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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