Italy 1947-R lira

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Ponterio sale 173, part of lot 1492
Italy 1947 lira rev Ponterio 173-1492.jpg

This specimen was part of lot 1492 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $7,050. The catalog description[1] noted, "ITALY. Lira to 10 Lire Denomination Set, 1947-R. KM-87/90; Mont-4, 5; Gig-230, 278, 325, 362. 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.

Recorded mintage: 12,000.

Specification: aluminum.

Catalog reference: KM-87.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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