Italy 1912-R 100 lire
The first specimen was lot 25064 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $12,925. The catalog description noted, "Vittorio Emanuele III gold 100 Lire 1912-R, MS64 NGC, a gorgeous coin with full glowing mint brilliance and exceptional surfaces, far superior to most seen in the market." The second specimen was lot 24623 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $7,050. The catalog description noted, "Vittorio Emanuele III gold 100 Lire 1912-R, MS63+ PCGS, lightly toned and original with full mint luster and mild surface abrasions." This rare type was issued in 1910, 1912 and 1926-27 only. Several countries, including France, Spain, Venezuela and Great Britain, issued large gold coins around the turn of the century to celebrate the permanence of the gold standard, to be shattered a few years later by World War One.
Recorded mintage: 4,946.
Specification: 32.25 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 50.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.