Italy 1902-R 2 lire
This specimen was lot 40659 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $2,291. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. 2 Lire, 1902-R. NGC MS-64. Very attractive toning. Demarete Collection." 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: 549,000.
Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, .268 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM-33; Gig-90; Mont-141.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.