Italy 1931-R 100 lire

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3241
This specimen was lot 3241 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €380 (about US$491 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH ITALIEN Victor Emanuel III. 1900-1946. 100 Lire 1931/IX, R, Rom. 7,92 g Feingold. GOLD. Vorzüglich. (kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanuel III, 1900-46, one hundred lire of 1931, Rome mint, extremely fine.)"
The last hundred lire of the old weight (32.25 g) was struck in 1925 (KM 66); this standard was used 1931-36 before being reduced further to 5.19 g in 1937. Altho not cheap, this type and the accompanying fifty lire are the most available gold coins of the fascist regime.

Recorded mintage: 22,923 (year IX) and 11,540 (year X)[2].

Specification: 8.8 g, .900 fine gold, 23.5 mm diameter, reeded edge[2].

Catalog reference: Gig-9 (year IX), Gig-10 (year X), Fr-33; Pagani 646; Schl. 108, KM 72.


  • 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.
  • [2]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.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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