Italy 1946-R 10 lire
This specimen was part of lot 1491 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Lira to 10 Lire Denomination Set, 1946-R. KM-87/90; Mont-3; Gig-229, 277, 324, 361. Scarce. 4 pieces in set. All are NGC graded: Lira is MS-64, 2 Lire is Unc Details--Corrosion, 5 Lire is MS-62, and the 10 Lire is MS-64." The republic of Italy was organized out of the ruins of World War Two and the disaster of Mussolini's fascism. This type was issued 1946-1950 and the first two years are rare.
Recorded mintage: 101,000.
Specification: 3 g, aluminum, 29 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-90.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.