Italy 1888-R 100 lire

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1499
This specimen was lot 1499 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 3,800 CHF (about US$4,557 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Umberto I. 1878-1900 100 Lire 1888. Roma Selten. Fast vorzüglich. Kleine Randfehler. (kingdom of Italy, Umberto I, 1878-1900, one hundred lire of 1888, Rome mint. Rare, About extremely fine, Minor rim nicks.)"
This rare type is listed for five dates during 1880-91. It was struck to the standard of a French hundred francs d'or.

Recorded mintage: 1,169.

Specification: 32.25 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW, this specimen 32.24 g.

Catalog reference: Pagani 570. Schl. 58. Fr-18; KM-22.


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  • 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.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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