Italy 1954 5 lire
The specimen shown is from a type struck in Rome for Italy 1951-2000. It superseded a larger aluminum coin (KM 89) struck 1946-50 which is now quite scarce in nice condition. This date has the highest mintage by a large margin but it still worth more in uncirculated than many later dates which were saved in greater quantity. The 1956 is very rare.
Recorded mintage: 436,400,000.
Specification: 1 g, aluminum, plain edge, 20.2 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 92, Gig-285.
- 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.