Italy 1966-R 500 lire
The specimen shown is from a type struck in Rome for Italy 1958-2000. The issues after 1967 seem strictly to have been for various mint sets as the catalog does not record them in circulated condition. This size and denomination proved popular and convenient for various commemoratives issued until the introduction of the euro in 2002 (see the "centennial" and "Dante" commemoratives).
Recorded mintage: 13,120,000.
Specification: 11 g, .835 fine silver, edge lettered "REPUBBLICA ITALIANA **** 1966 ****", 29.3 mm diameter, designed by Guido Veroi and Pietro Giampaoli.
Catalog reference: KM 98, Gig-14.
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