Italy 1884-R lira
This specimen was lot 10542 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $282. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Lire, 1884-R. NGC MS-63. Toned. From the Demarete Collection." This type was struck at Rome for the kingdom of Italy 1883-1900. It is not rare but this issue was dwarfed by the one year issue of 16,305,000 from Milan in 1887.
Recorded mintage: 1,995,000.
Specification: 5 g, .900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-24.1; Gig-36; Mont-47.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.