Italy 1904-R 2 lire

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Sincona sale 39, lot 3700
This specimen was lot 3700 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 425 CHF (about US$510 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY | Königreich, Vittorio Emanuele III. 1900-1946 2 Lire 1904. Roma. Selten. Sehr schön. (kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanuel III, 1900-46, two lire of 1904, Rome mint. Rare, Very fine.)"
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: 157,000, a rare date.

Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, .268 troy oz AGW, this specimen 9.92 g.

Catalog reference: KM-33; Nomisma 1154.


  • 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]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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