Italy 1947-R 10 lire
This specimen was part of lot 1491 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $7,050. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Lira to 10 Lire Denomination Set, 1947-R. 4 pieces in set. Each with a mintage of only 12,000 pieces with the exception of the 5 Lire which has a mintage of 17,000 pieces. All are NGC 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. Its replacement (KM 93) was only 1.6 g.
Recorded mintage: 12,000.
Specification: 3 g, aluminum, 29 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-90, Gig-230.
- 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.