Italy 1902-R centesimo
This specimen was lot 31112 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description noted, "Vittorio Emanuele III Centesimo 1902-R MS61 Brown NGC, Rome mint. The rare, first date from this series, featuring the bare-headed portrait of the King and glossy, mahogany-brown surfaces that are highlighted by a pleasing amount of honeydew iridescence that brightens the legends. Very attractive at this level, and presently the finest-known example of the date in a brown designation certified by NGC." This type was struck for the kingdom of Italy 1902-05 and 1908. This is the only scarce date. The weight and fineness matches that of a French centime. This denomination was struck to this standard until 1918, when the stress of wartime inflation forced the government to terminate production, never to resume. Vittorio Emanuele III succeeded his father Umberto upon the latter's assassination in 1900.
Recorded mintage: 26,000.
Specification: 1 g, bronze, 15 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 35.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.