Italy 1905-R 100 lire

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40239
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40239 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $17,825. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. 100 Lire, 1905-R. NGC MS-61. Low Mintage Two Year Type 100 Lire Very RARE, mintage of only 1,012 pieces." This rare type was issued in 1903 and 1905 only. Several countries, including France, Spain, Venezuela and Great Britain, issued large gold coins around the turn of the century to celebrate the permanence of the gold standard, to be shattered a few years later by World War One.

Recorded mintage: 1,012.

Specification: 32.25 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-22; KM-39; Gig-2; Mont-3.


  • 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.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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