Italy 1946-R 2 lire

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Ponterio sale 173, part of lot 1491
Italy 1946 2 lire rev Ponterio 173-1491.jpg

This specimen was part of lot 1491 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description[1] 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: 123,000.

Specification: 1.75 g, aluminum, 24.1 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-88.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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