Italy 1908-R lira

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 591

This specimen was lot 591 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $302.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY, Regno d'Italia. Vittorio Emanuele III. 1900-1946. AR Lira. Rome mint. Dated 1908 R. In NGC encapsulation graded AU 58. Brilliant surfaces with just a hint of toning. Holder says AU 58, the coin says UNC." This type was struck for the kingdom of Italy 1908-13. The weight and fineness matches that of a French franc. 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 1922, it was a nickel coin. Vittorio Emanuele III succeeded his father Umberto upon the latter's assassination in 1900.

Recorded mintage: 2,212,088.

Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, lettered edge. This specimen Ø23 mm, 4.98 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 45; Mont 194, Gig-132.


  • 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]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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