Italy 1901-R 2 lire

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Sincona sale 51, lot 3570
This specimen was lot 3570 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 500 CHF (about US$603 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Italien, Königreich, Vittorio Emanuele III. 1900-1946. 2 Lire 1901 R, Roma. Stempel von Filippo Speranza. Selten. Schön-sehr schön / Fine-very fine. Henkelspur und Rand und Felder poliert. (kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanuel III. 1900-46, two lire of 1901, Rome mint. Dies by Filippo Speranza. Rare, Mountmark on edge and fields polished.)"
This type was struck for the kingdom of Italy 1901-07. All the dates are scarce to rare. The weight and fineness matches that of a French two francs. This denomination was struck to this standard until 1917, when the stress of wartime inflation forced the government to suspend production. When mintage of the lira resumed in 1923, it was a nickel coin. Vittorio Emanuele III succeeded his father Umberto upon the latter's assassination in 1900.

Recorded mintage: 72,000.

Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, .268 troy oz AGW, this specimen 9.87 g.

Catalog reference: KM-33; Mont. 140, Pagani 725.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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