Italy 1946-R 5 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. 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: 81,000.
Specification: 2.5 g, aluminum, 26.7 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-89, Gig-277.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 40th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- 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.