Italy 1933-R 5 lire

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1876
This specimen was lot 1876 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIEN, Königreich, Vittorio Emanuele III. 1900-1946. 5 Lire 1933 R, Rom. Sehr selten. Nur 50 Exemplare geprägt. FDC. (kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanuel III, 1900-46, five lire of 1933, Rome mint. Very rare. Only 50 pieces struck, Uncirculated.)"
This type was struck for the kingdom of Italy 1926-35. The weight and fineness matches that of the old silver lira, last minted in 1917. Vittorio Emanuele III succeeded his father Umberto upon the latter's assassination in 1900, but by 1930 he was the helpless tool of the Fascists, whose symbol appears on the reverse. The issues of 1926-30 are readily available but those of 1931-35 are rare, being struck for presentation only.

Recorded mintage: 50.

Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, .134 troy oz ASW, 23 mm diameter, lettered edge.

Catalog reference: KM 67.1, Pagani 716.


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  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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