Italy 1908-R 2 lire

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Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 4033
Italy Stacks Jan15-4033r.jpg

This specimen was lot 4033 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $329. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. 2 Lire, 1908-R. NGC MS-63. Bright and lustrous surfaces. Nice details." This is the most common date of a type struck 1908-12 yet rather scarce, especially in nice condition. THe minting of silver two lire ceased in 1917.

Recorded mintage: 2,283,000.

Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, 27 mm diameter, lettered edge.

Catalog reference: KM-46; Mont-147; Gig-96.


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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