Italy 1906-R 2 lire
This specimen was lot 72526 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. 2 Lire, 1906-R. PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder. An exceptionally well preserved example with nearly full light golden orange toning on the obverse laying over lustrous surfaces and the reverse showing a pale bulls eye toning pattern which often is seen on Italian coinage of this vintage. Minimal bag marks and sharp detail make for a very appealing piece. Tied with two other piece in this grade as the second finest certified with only one piece being finer at 64+." 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 two 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: 970,000.
Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, .268 troy oz ASW, 27 mm diameter, lettered edge.
Catalog reference: KM-33; Gig-94; Mont-145.
- 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, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.