Italy 1911-R 2 lire
This specimen was lot 595 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $665.50. The catalog description noted, "ITALY, Regno d'Italia. Vittorio Emanuele III. 1900-1946. AR 2 Lire. Rome mint. Dated 1911 R. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 62. Lovely UNC with very light iridescent patina overall. Claims to a higher grade." This two lire, struck on the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification of Italy, is rather scarce. The last full weight two lire was struck in 1917.
Recorded mintage: 1,000,000.
Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, 26 mm diameter. This specimen Ø26 mm, 10.06 g, 12h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 52; Mont 152.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.