Italy 1915-R 5 centesimi
This specimen was lot 5790 in Goldberg sale 72 (Los Angeles, February 2013), where it sold for $230. The catalog description noted, "Italy. 5 Centesimi, 1915-R. Vittorio Emanuele III. NGC graded MS-65 Brown." This type, struck 1908-18, 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: 1,038,000.
Specification: 5 g, bronze, 25 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-42; Pagani-896.
- 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.
- Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 72: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.