Italy 1912-R centesimo
This specimen was part of lot 72529 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), which did not sell. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Centesimo, 1912-R. PCGS MS-66 RD Secure Holders. 5 pieces in lot. All full mint red." This type was struck for the kingdom of Italy 1908-18. The weight and fineness matches that of a French centime. This denomination was struck to this standard until 1918, when the stress of wartime inflation forced the government to terminate production, never to resume. Vittorio Emanuele III succeeded his father Umberto upon the latter's assassination in 1900.
Recorded mintage: 3,995,000, a common date.
Specification: 1 g, bronze, 15 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-40.
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- Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.