Italy 1889-R 50 centesimi

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Goldberg sale 70, lot 4291
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4291 in Goldberg sale 70 (Los Angeles, September 2012), where it sold for $575. The catalog description[1] noted, "Italy. 50 Centesimi, 1889-R. Umberto I. NGC graded MS-62." This type was struck for the kingdom of Italy in 1889 and 1892 only, leaving the type rather scarcer than expected. It is rare in choice condition. Italy managed to stay in the Latin Monetary Union until World War One bankrupted the treasury.

Recorded mintage: 635,000.

Specification: 2.5 g, .835 fine silver, .067 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM-26; Pagani-608 (R).


  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 70: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2012.

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