Italy 1978-R 50 lire

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The specimen shown is from a type struck in Rome for Italy 1954-89. A later, reduced size version (KM 95.2) was issued 1990-95. Despite a sincere attempt by engraver Guiseppe Romagnoli to produce a handsome design, the stainless steel fabric, with its dull color and low relief, defeated his efforts. Some of the early dates are valuable in strict uncirculated but none of the dates after the late sixties are collectible.

Recorded mintage: 416,808,000 (highest mintage date).

Specification: 6.25 g, stainless steel, 24.8 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 95.1, Gig-167.


  • 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.

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