Italy 1946-R 5 lire

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Ponterio sale 173, part of lot 1491
Italy 1946 5 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. 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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