Italy 1934-R 2 lire
This specimen was lot 1480 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $2,232. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. 2 Lire, 1934-R. PCGS MS-65. RARE. Mintage of only 50 pieces." This type was struck for the kingdom of Italy 1923-35. Vittorio Emanuele III succeeded his father Umberto upon the latter's assassination in 1900, but by 1934 he was the helpless tool of the Fascists, whose symbol appears on the reverse. The issues of 1923-26 are readily available but those of 1927-35 are rare, being struck for presentation only.
Recorded mintage: 50.
Specification: 10.07 g, nickel, 29.1 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 63.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.