Italy 1917-R 2 lire
This specimen was lot 5791 in Goldberg sale 72 (Los Angeles, February 2013), where it sold for $460. The catalog description noted, "Italy. 2 Lire, 1917-R. Vittorio Emanuele III. NGC graded MS-62." This type was struck for the kingdom of Italy 1914-17. This is the scarcest of the four dates. The weight and fineness matches that of a French two francs. 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 two lire resumed in 1923, it was a nickel coin.
Recorded mintage: 6,123,000.
Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver, 27 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-55; Pagani-740, Gig-104.
- 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.