Italy 1895-R 5 centesimi
This specimen was lot 575 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $217.80. The catalog description noted, "ITALY, Regno d'Italia. Umberto I. 1878-1900. CU 5 Centesimi. Rome mint. Dated 1895 R. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65 BN. Deeply toned brown with hints of red peeking through. A premium coin of this three year only type. Highest graded specimen. Montenegro calls this coin rare. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, May 1975." This type of 1895-96 represented the first issue of the denomination since 1867. It is not rare but was not produced in the same numbers as the ten (KM 27.2) and twenty centesimi (KM 28.2).
Recorded mintage: 508,000.
Specification: 5 g, copper, this specimen Ø25 mm, 5.06 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 31; Mont 65, Gig-51.
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- 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.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.