Italy 1985-R 500 lire KM-111

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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 1982-2000. This type was one of the first bimetallic coins struck and is often found with the inner core loose and free to turn within the outer ring. This denomination proved popular and convenient for various silver commemoratives issued until the introduction of the euro in 2002 (see the "centennial" and "Dante" commemoratives).

Recorded mintage: 162,000,000 plus five different silver commemoratives (KM 115, 116, 117, 118, 123).

Specification: 6.8 g, "bronzital" (aluminum bronze) core with a "acmonital" (stainless steel) ring, 25.8 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 111, Gig-46.


  • 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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