Papal States 1868-R lira
This specimen was lot 1333 in Stephen Album sale 32 (Santa Rosa, CA, September 2018), where it sold for $99.88. The catalog description noted, "PAPAL STATES: Pius IX, 1846-1878, AR lira, 1868-R year XXII, PCGS graded MS63." After centuries of using a medieval mix of doppie, zecchini, giulii, grossi, etc., the coinage was reformed in 1830 to use 100 baiocchi = one scudo. The coinage was reformed again in 1866 to use centesimi and lire. The Papal States were annexed by Italy in 1870 and the series ended. This lira, struck 1866-68, comes in four varieties of the papal bust, of which this specimen is the third.
Recorded mintage: 2,049,997 (including year XXIII, 4th type).
Specification: 5 g, .835 fine silver, 24 mm diameter, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM-1378, Gig-300, Ber-3342.
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