Italy 1908-R 5 centesimi
This specimen was lot 24190 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $264. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. 5 Centesimi, 1908. PCGS MS-66 BN Secure Holder. Sharply struck with attractive iridescent tone and excellent eye appeal." This type, struck 1908-09, 1912-15, 1918, is surprisingly scarce compared to the similar one and two centesimi. In 1919, the weight was reduced to 3.26 g (KM 59) and many may have been melted.
Recorded mintage: 824,000, a better date.
Specification: 5 g, bronze, 25 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-42.
- 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, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.